Ten predictions for the mobile health market

By Chris Gullo

symphonyBy 2014: 412M M2M Devices

Juniper Research analyst Anthony Cox wrote in a 2010 report that the number of machine-to-machine and embedded devices worldwide will increase to nearly 412 million by 2014. Cox wrote that number “represents the tip of the iceberg of its future potential.” The analyst’s blog post wondered if M2M will drive the next 5 billion wireless connections. While the M2M market includes just about any object with an embedded mobile SIM card (excluding mobile phones), Cox believes that the healthcare market could see one of the biggest growth spurts over the next few years. “It is likely that one of the smallest current mobile M2M markets represents one of the largest growth opportunities for M2M,” Cox wrote. “Though there are significant obstacles to be overcome in creating a vibrant market for mobile M2M applications in the healthcare market, not least that life itself may depend on such applications, in time rising populations alone will guarantee a very large market for m-Health monitoring.”

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