Multiple studies show that remote monitoring health care services are on the brink of rapid growth in the United States and beyond. Already, research indicates that compared to traditional solutions, remote monitoring leads to better patient outcomes, satisfaction and reduced hospitalizations. With 3 million patients using at-home medical monitoring devices today, remote monitoring usage is expected to rise to 10.3 million in the U.S. alone within the next three and a half years. One of the major driving forces for remote monitoring in the U.S. is the higher per-capita cost of healthcare ($8,900 per capita in 2012, compared to $3,500 per capita in the European Union that same year).
Currently, the majority of remote monitoring in the U.S. and worldwide is done over POTS (plain old telephone service) voice grade analog systems, PSTN (public switched telephone network) and LANs (local area networks), but that’s changing rapidly as cellular becomes the standard for new medical devices; Berg Insight, a Swedish research firm that specializes in connected healthcare, estimates that 74% of all connections will be cellular by 2018. As such, connectivity platforms will become a “key enabler” for mobile health care as interoperability between medical monitoring devices, smartphones, and tablets becomes paramount to remote monitoring.
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