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mHealth and Home Monitoring – 5th Edition

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Management Report
Published: January 2013
Pages: 200
Research from: Berg Insight
Sector: Information & Communications Technology

From: GBP 833.00
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How should the mobile industry address the vast business opportunity in wireless healthcare monitoring? The number of home monitoring devices on the global market with integrated cellular connectivity was 1.0 million at the end of 2012 and is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 47.1 percent in the next five years to reach 7.1 million in 2017. Learn more about how wireless technology can become seamlessly integrated with medical devices in this 220 page strategic report now in its fifth edition.

Highlights from this report:

Profit from 40 new executive interviews with market leading companies.

Identify key players in the healthcare monitoring ecosystem.

Learn about key home health monitoring devices and services.

Understand the dynamics of the health monitoring market in Europe and North America.

Comprehend how wireless technology can become seamlessly integrated with medical devices.

Evaluate the business opportunities in the emerging mHealth segment.

Predict future market and technology developments.

2.8 million patients worldwide are remotely monitored today


Some of the most common conditions being monitored today are chronic

diseases including cardiac arrhythmia, hypertension, ischemic diseases,

sleep apnea, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, asthma and chronic obstructive

pulmonary disease (COPD). These conditions cause substantial costs

and reduce both life expectancy and quality of life. Berg Insight estimates

that more than 200 million people in the EU and the US suffer from one

or several diseases where home monitoring can become a treatment

option. Applying information and communication technologies in the

healthcare industry can lead to decreased costs, more efficient care

delivery and improved sustainability of the healthcare system. However,

the rate of adoption is still slow and wireless technologies have only just

begun to penetrate the market.

Berg Insight estimates that the number of patients using home

monitoring systems with integrated connectivity was about 2.8 million

worldwide at the end of 2012. The figure comprises all patients that

were using dedicated devices for remote monitoring. Patients using

their personal mobile phone, tablet or PC for remote monitoring are not

included in this figure. Berg Insight forecasts that the number of home

monitoring systems with integrated communication capabilities will grow

at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.9 percent between 2011

and 2017 to reach 9.4 million connections worldwide. The number of

devices with integrated cellular connectivity increased from 0.73 million

in 2011 to about 1.03 million in 2012, and is projected to grow at a CAGR

of 46.3 percent to 7.1 million in 2017.

Several companies have developed integrated solutions for monitoring

multiple chronic diseases and other conditions. The six leading

providers of telehealth systems include the major technology and

electronics companies Bosch, Honeywell and Philips, as well as the

smaller more specialised providers Tunstall, Cardiocom and Numera.

These six companies together account for 75.8 percent of the installed

base of telehealth hubs. The main market segments for medical devices

with integrated connectivity are cardiac rhythm management, sleep

therapy and ambulatory ECG monitoring. Furthermore, connectivity is

gaining momentum in several other segments such as blood pressure

monitoring, glucose monitoring and medication adherence. In these

segments, vendors such as Medtronic, Biotronik, St. Jude Medical,

CardioNet, LifeWatch, ResMed, Philips Respironics, Fisher & Paykel

Healthcare, Omron, Telcare, Vitality, DayaMed and Vitaphone today

market wirelessly connected solutions. Implantable cardiac rhythm

management devices is by far the largest segment, accounting for

65.0 percent of remotely monitored patients. However, the number

of connected sleep therapy devices is increasing at a faster pace

and is expected to constitute the largest segment of connected

medical devices by 2017.

The major telecom industry players such as Qualcomm, AT&T and

Orange have operated business units dedicated to mHealth for several

years. Continuous exploration and experimentation with pilot projects

has enabled these companies to build industry-specific capabilities while

devising their long-term strategies. The efforts are now materializing

in the launch of mHealth platforms that can be leveraged by medical

device OEMs, healthcare organizations and mHealth app developers

to facilitate the development of patient-centric mHealth solutions.

In addition to wireless communication, the mHealth platforms often

comprise highly secure hosting, remote device management capabilities

and integration tools for connecting with medical devices, back-end IT

systems and apps.

The adoption of out-of-hospital wireless monitoring in healthcare

is driven by a wide range of incentives, related to everything from

demographics and technology development to new advancements in

medical treatment. However, there are a number of barriers, including

resistance to change among healthcare organizations and clinicians,

misaligned incentive structures and the financing of wireless solutions by

what is at large an underfunded healthcare sector. Several catalysts are

nevertheless speeding up the rate of adoption – in particular incentives

from payers and insurance companies as well as national health systems

that demand remote monitoring. In the US, the progressive increases

of readmission penalties set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid

Services (CMS) will drive hospitals to adopt telehealth solutions for

monitoring of post-discharge patients. In the UK, the positive results from

the Whole System Demonstrator project led the National Health Service

to issue a mandate for 100,000 additional patients to be monitored using

telehealth solutions by the end of 2013. In France, a new mandate on

compliance monitoring will ensure that all new sleep therapy patients will

be remotely monitored from 2013 onwards.


Which medical conditions offer the best potential for

wireless health monitoring solutions?

Who are the leading providers of medical devices

for home monitoring?

What are the mHealth strategies of mobile


Which are the general technology trends for home

health monitoring equipment?

What initiatives have been taken by the leading

players in the telecom and IT industries?

How can connectivity redefine the use cases of

medical devices and the value propositions to

patients and other stakeholders?

What are the market shares of the top 10 integrated

telehealth solution vendors?

Why are smartphone applications so significant for

the mHealth market?

How can the mobile industry contribute to the

adoption of wireless technology in healthcare?

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