Global Digital Economy - E-Health and M-Health - Insights, Stats and Analysis


Throughout the world, a significant portion of GDP is spent on healthcare. New technologies are increasing life expectations and improving our lifestyle. The cost of this, however, is enormous and it is difficult to finance these huge advancements through the public health systems.

In countries with a clear policy for an advanced broadband infrastructure (i.e. National Broadband Networks/NBN), we see e-health emerging to allow us to enjoy these advances in medical technology at more affordable costs. On truly high-speed broadband networks, e-health is rapidly shaping up as one of the key killer apps.

Millions of people around the world can potentially benefit from e-health applications. Cost savings through e-health are expected to be between 10% and 20% of total healthcare costs. Despite the need for cost saving measures, high-quality health care needs to be provided and maintained. So through e-health at least we can increase quality without increasing costs.

BuddeComm believes that the alternative to not embracing e-health is to accept a significantly inferior healthcare service in the future. Countries that are lagging in broadband infrastructure developments are going to face, not just a telecoms dilemma – but, more importantly, they are going to face a health crisis.

The following report includes recent industry insights on the e-health and m-health sectors and provides a global market summary that incorporates trends, statistics and examples.

Latest developments:

Healthcare regimes all over the world are in crisis, as healthcare costs continue to rise. Cloud computing and M2M initiatives are key to sustainable healthcare. Big Data could save the health sector billions of dollars. M-health initiatives are of special interest to developing nations with high mobile penetration.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Healthcare – next sector on the block for e-transformation
    • 2.1 P4 Medicine
  • 3. E-health
  • 4. The disruptive e-healthcare market has arrived!
  • 5. Healthcare is a massive global industry
    • 5.1 Healthcare spending statistics
    • 5.2 E-health statistics
  • 6. Integrated care and medicine
    • 6.1 Patient must remain central
    • 6.2 How to stimulate growth of e-health
    • 6.3 Videoconferencing in healthcare
  • 7. Key market directions
    • 7.1 Broadband essential to maintain public health system
    • 7.2 Internet already a popular source for health information
    • 7.3 Business opportunities for e-hospitals
    • 7.4 M2M and IT also key to sustainable healthcare
    • 7.5 Cloud computing and healthcare
    • 7.6 Big Data use in medical science
    • 7.7 Apple, Google, IBM and healthcare
      • 7.7.1 IBM Watson helps address healthcare challenges
  • 8. Healthcare analysis – ‘no outcome, no income’
  • 9. M-Health
    • 9.1 Smartphones are pushing mobile health
    • 9.2 Wearable wireless devices and healthcare
  • 10. Remote patient monitoring
    • 10.1 Remote patient monitoring devices
    • 10.2 Connected medical devices
  • 11. Privacy and security a key concern
    • 11.1 Quality of service needs to be considered
    • 11.2 Accountability and transparency
  • 12. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Use of the internet for health information among French young adults
  • Exhibit 1 – Snapshot of health care spending around the world
  • Exhibit 2 – Video consultancy covered by Australian Medicare
  • Exhibit 3 – Advantages of e-health
  • Exhibit 4 – Examples of popular health related websites
  • Exhibit 5 – Quality of healthcare information on YouTube
  • Exhibit 6 – Digital healthcare appointment systems
  • Exhibit 7 – Apple’ ResearchKit for medical research via iPhones
  • Exhibit 8 – Healthcare monitoring for the elderly

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Last updated 1 Jan 2017
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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