Frost & Sullivan study shows wireless solutions help health care professionals meet need of the hour

Palo Alto 03 March 2004Cash-strapped hospitals in the United States are finding it increasingly difficult to provide patients with anything more than the standard levels of medical care. Rising patient volumes, acute staff shortages, and a rapidly aging population are not only compromising patient quality of care, but also resulting in more frequent instances of medical errors and adverse drug effects (ADEs). New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, "U.S. Emerging Wireless Markets for Patient Care", reveals that revenues in this industry totalled $330,0 million in 2003 and are projected to reach $637,3 million by 2007.

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"As staff shortages and increasing patient volumes pose an alarming dilemma for health care organisations, medical professionals are starting to realize that wireless technology is the only methodology for improving upon patient care in a cost-effective and timely manner", observed Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Vivek Subramany.

The growing surge of medical error statistics revealing ADEs to be a substantial cause of death in hospitals are leading patients to demand that health care facilities implement wireless connectivity. Medical professionals are also realizing the need for greater mobility within health care units as well as in remote care situations. Wireless technology has played a key role in making this possible. For instance, it has enabled the usage of handheld point-of-care applications for immediate access to life-critical information, irrespective of location within the facility.

With their huge potential to reduce medical errors, increase work flow efficiency, and thereby decrease overall costs, wireless solutions help health care professionals achieve one of their prime objectives: providing better care with less financial expenditure. Wireless technology is now growing to include the monitoring markets for inpatient and remote care as well. The idea of continuously monitoring a patient's vital signs and leaving little room for errors is quickly gaining ground and driving demand for wireless connectivity.

"As mobile technology and its adoption grow within the health care facility, demand for wireless connectivity outside the facility and in remote care situations is expected to grow substantially as well", stated Vivek Subramany. Emerging wide wide area network (WWAN) technology is likely to be an integral part of enabling health care in such remote situations. Although WWAN is a nascent technology, it is rapidly capturing the interest of several wireless vendors and established carriers that are looking to establish deployments in the near future.

The growing focus on enhanced patient safety and privacy by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is also driving health care facilities to replace outdated technology with cutting-edge HIPAA-compliant solutions. "As HIPAA and watchdog agencies such as Leapfrog continue to mandate security and privacy regulations, health care organisations are expected to continue spending on emerging wireless applications to ensure security within their wide local area networks (WLANs)", concluded Vivek Subramany.

"U.S. Emerging Wireless Markets for Patient Care", part of the Healthcare Information Technologies subscription, is a comprehensive analysis of the health care industry's current and future potential in adopting wireless technology. Detailed analysis of market opportunities, technologies and forecasts helps vendors understand the emerging and future wireless markets for patient care.

If you are interested in a virtual brochure, which provides manufacturers, end-users and other industry participants an overview of the latest analysis of the "U.S. Emerging Wireless Markets for Patient Care", you can send an e-mail to Danielle White, Healthcare Media Relations Executive at Frost & Sullivan with the following information: full name, company name, title, telephone number, fax number and e-mail. Upon receipt of the above information, an overview will be sent to you via e-mail.


Leslie Versweyveld

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