Wireless Platforms Key to Joined-up Healthcare

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 General News J E 4
CAMBRIDGE, England, March 11 The market for wireless andmobile phone based healthcare platforms will grow rapidly as health providersseek ways to drive down costs. According to a report published this week, byCambridge, UK-based research company Wireless Healthcare, mobilecommunications platforms provide a relatively simple means of connectingdiagnostic medical devices to the electronic medical records systems andadvanced Health 2.0 based services being developed by companies such asGoogle and Revolution Health.

In the report, "Wireless eHealth Platforms", Wireless Healthcareidentifies two main types of platforms; those, such as BlueAid, which arebeing built from the ground up as healthcare communications platforms andothers, such as IBM's WebSphere, which are conventional ecommerce platformsthat can be customised to support ehealth applications. The report notes thata number of IT vendors are keen to bring to the healthcare sectortechnologies and business processes that they have already used to increaseefficiency and reduce costs within the financial services and travelindustries.

Peter Kruger, Senior Analyst with Wireless Healthcare, points out: "Whilebanks and airlines have managed to radically reduce costs by deployingtechnology that lets the customer carry out transactions online, healthcareproviders have yet to realise similar savings by providing online heartmonitoring and blood glucose checks. These types of services, which free upclinicians by automating routine tasks, are essential if we wantrecession-proof healthcare services".

The report sees an important role for platforms that are flexible enoughto allow medical devices that use a range of wireless standards, such asBluetooth, 802.11 or ZigBee to communicate with a mobile phone or wirelesshealthcare hub. It also notes that the platform market will gain increasedtraction as search vendors and healthcare portals extend their healthorientated services by adding support for mobile phone based consumerhealthcare services, such a diet management and fitness monitoring. As Krugernotes, "We believe the market will be watching the forthcoming launch ofQualcomm's ehealth platform, LifeComm, to see how effectively it links mobilephone-based healthcare applications to next generation back office healthcareinfrastructure".

The report "Wireless eHealth Platforms" is available from:

About Wireless Healthcare

Wireless Healthcare are independent UK-based analysts specialising in theapplication of mobile and wireless technology in the healthcare sector. further details contact: Toby Jackson Wireless Healthcare +44-1223-208-926

SOURCE Wireless Healthcare


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