February 16, 2010
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 new report from InMedica, a division of IMS Research.
While InMedica does not define what a "gateway" is in its press release, Medical Connectivity Consulting's Tim Gee presented on wireless body area networks and gateways at the Medical Connectivity...
January 19, 2010
Juniper Research analyst Anthony Cox writes that a forthcoming report from the research firm predicts that the number of machine-to-machine and embedded devices worldwide will increase to nearly 412 million by 2014. Cox writes that number "represents the tip of the iceberg of its future potential." The analyst's blog post wonders if M2M will drive the next 5 billion wireless connections. While...
January 5, 2010
Apple plans to demo its long rumored multimedia tablet device later this month, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal that cites anonymous sources. The WSJ's sources say that Apple plans to ship the product come March but that has not been finalized and may change. The report also speculated that the tablet device will have a 10- to 11-inch touch screen. One source told the WSJ that...
December 16, 2009
3M launched a new physician dictation application for BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices that allows physicians to use a single tool for phone, email and dictation, the company stated in a release. Since the device provides data access through WiFi or 3G , 3M's software, called 3M Mobile Dictation, does not require the user to synch his dictation software with the server since it provides...
October 15, 2009
Tim Gee, Principal, Medical Connectivity Consulting, was kind enough to write-up the first sessions at our Everywhere Healthcare event last week at CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment event in San Diego. What follows is Tim's notes from the session (including some commentary from him in parenthetical asides.)
Brian Dolan, co-founder and editor of MobiHealthNews kicked off the event by...
September 21, 2009
PC standards for medicine: Dana Blankenhorn suggests the medical community accesses PC standards to drive innovation: "Medical device makers are tiptoeing toward wireless, but they insist on using frequencies dedicated to their devices. As hospital use of WiFi increases they want devices in nearby frequency bands, like cell phones, banned." Blankenhorn charts the industry's stumbling blocks for...
September 15, 2009
Tim Gee, Principal at Medical Connectivity Consulting and the chair of the Medical Device Connectivity conference in Boston last week laid out the market opportunity for wireless sensors in healthcare. Gee broke down some of the drivers for the recent interest in medical sensors, outlined use cases and dissected the market for the more than 200 attendees at last week's event.
What is driving...
August 18, 2009
Healthsense's eNeighbor remote monitoring system aims to help those taking care of friends and family with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Developed with grants from the National Institutes of Aging (NIA) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Healthsense's eNeighbor system is based on battery-operated WiFi sensors that include pressure sensors in beds to detect when a...
August 13, 2009
As 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...
July 10, 2009
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. The figure represents an increase of almost 70 percent over today's market.
"It's a pretty big business," ABI Research vice president Stan Schatt said in a statement. "The strong uptake of WiFi in the health industry is underpinned by its need...