By 2014: 1M Telehealth Gateways
The number of gateways used in telehealth applications will increase to more than 1 million in 2014 and to about 3.6 million in 2018, according to a 2010 report from InMedica, a division of IMS Research. While InMedica does not specifically define what a “gateway” is, Medical Connectivity Consulting’s Tim Gee said there are two main types of gateways, during his presentation on wireless body area networks and gateways at the 2009 Medical Connectivity event in Boston:
One is a gateway device (mobile) and the other is a fixed wireless hub gateway, also called a bridge. In the gateway device model, the patient wears the device, which may be a phone, smartphone, PDA or just a wireless-enabled device. The device may connect to a facility’s WiFi or WLAN network or to the carrier network. In the case of the bridge, the gateway is fixed, much like a WiFi access point in a facility. The patient’s wireless sensors transmit their data to various sensors as they roam around a facility.