Wireless health by the numbers

By Brian Dolan
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Brian Dolan, Editor, MobiHealthNewsAs summer draws to a close the once budding wireless health industry now has a substantial crop of statistics to pick through thanks to a number of recent surveys and research reports just published by various firms. Here's a look at wireless health by the numbers:

  • Wearable wireless sensors are set to grow to more than 400 million devices by 2014, according to ABI Research.
  • A recent survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers found that 73 percent of consumers would use biometric electronic remote monitoring services to track their chronic condition or vital signs.
  • The revenue from worldwide sales of WiFi-enabled healthcare products will reach nearly $5 billion in 2014, according to a recent report from ABI Research.
  • Global wireless sensor networking services will be a $6 billion market worldwide by 2012, according to research firm ON World.
  • According to a recent report from Parks Associates, the U.S. market for wireless home-based healthcare applications and services will grow at a five-year cumulative annual growth rate of over 180 percent and become a $4.4 billion industry in 2013.
  • About 70 percent of physical education programs in K-12 schools use pedometers, while about 39 percent of physical education programs in K-12 schools¬†use heart rate monitors, according to a recent survey conducted by NASPE and Polar.
  • The Center for Connected Health estimates that there is about 20 or 30 percent of the population where text message reminders will be very powerful.
  • An "unofficial study from New York and New Jersey" that found that five in seven Medicaid patients carry a smartphone.
  • It has truly been a summer of numbers and many of them point to a big opportunity for wireless healthcare.