The global wireless health market is witnessing a positive dynamics with advancement in wireless information and communication technologies.
Adoption of wireless technology is seen more in the medical communities and physicians to connect real-time. Rapid growth in the mhealth has improved the patient and physician convenience. North America is the biggest market for wireless health because health sector in the country is very advanced, where hospitals are fully equipped with new technology and are also continuously evolving compared to Middle East Africa and Asia Pacific region.
Although European region is in a growing stage but following America. Among Europe, Western Europe is the major contributor; countries such as UK, France and Germany are among the major users of wireless health technology. However, government reforms and security are the major issues that need to be taken care of, before adopting the technologies.
Wireless health market in Asia Pacific countries are expected to increase in the years to come, because of government investing in IT and changing government reforms. Mhealth, wireless technologies and remote patient monitoring are the factors that are impacting on the growth of wireless health market.
Looking forward, more and more people are literally taking their health in their own hands as handheld mobile devices like smart phone, mobile devices etc becoming major tools for finding healthcare information. It’s been seen that more number of physicians with smartphones use medical apps on daily basis. The technologies like WLAN, Bluetooth, wireless sensors and advanced technologies like smart pills, etc. are the emerging technologies that most of the healthcare service providers are adopting across different regions based on the regulations of their respective countries.
Remote patient monitoring is employed by many hospitals as part of cost-efficient presence & management strategies. With ageing populations, budgetary and staff resourcing pressures, healthcare providers are implementing high-speed wireless networks to enable remote monitoring and sensing of patient’s vital signs. This helps reduce the number of scheduled appointments and in-home nurse visits to chronic and post-treatment patients. Significant cost savings are also possible.
Overall, wireless technology can contribute greatly to enhance the quality of healthcare by providing easy access to information and mobility of healthcare staff. With wireless, however, comes the risk of new and evolving security threats. As a result, choosing right security solution becomes imperative to be able to reap up full benefits of wireless technology for betterment of patient care.
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