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Handhelds in Healthcare: The World Market for PDAs, Smartphones, Tablet PCs, Handheld Monitors & Scanners


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This Kalorama Information report - The Global Handheld Healthcare Device Market - focuses on two primary segments of healthcare IT:

  • Patient Monitoring Devices, including:
    • Blood pressure devices
    • Pulse oximeters
    • ECG/EKG monitors
    • Ultrasound
    • Diabetes insulin monitors
    • Prothrombin time monitors
    • TENS
    • Fetal heart monitors
  • Administrative Devices, including:
    • PDA/Smartphones
    • Tablet PCs
    • Inventory/Medication Management Scanners
Handheld patient monitoring devices include a wide range of products which provide the benefits of diagnosing, consulting, monitoring and treating patients. Handheld administrative devices include products to streamline healthcare workflow and improve efficiency—patient care. Namely these products include PDAs, tablet PCs and inventory/medication scanners.

As part of its detailed coverage of the market for handhelds in healthcare, the report includes:

  • Global Market size and Forecast of Handheld Device Segments
  • Geographic breakdown (US, Europe, Japan, Rest of Asia, Rest of World) of Market Size for Patient Monitoring and Administrative Devices
  • The Role of EMR and Electronic Prescription
  • Possible Growth Inhibitors
  • Cloud Technology Role
  • Description of Healthcare Handhelds on the Market
  • Detailed Profiles of Major Companies
  • Physician and Hospital Statistics: Usage and Purchasing
  • Discussion of Implementation of Handhelds and Cost and Effectiveness of Their Use
  • Hospital Goals and Results
The information for this report was gathered using both primary and secondary research including comprehensive research of secondary sources such as company literature, databases, investment reports, and medical, information technology and business journals. Telephone interviews and email correspondence were the primary method of gathering primary information. For the purpose of this study Kalorama Information conducted interviews with more than 50 key industry officials, consultants, health care providers, and government personnel.

These sources were the primary basis in gathering information specifically relating to revenue and market share data presented in this report. Specific interviews with IT company representatives included marketing directors, division managers, and product representatives.

As part of this report's coverage, the following companies are profiled:

  • Apple
  • Draeger Medical
  • GE Healthcare
  • Global Media
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Medtronic
  • Omron
  • Research In Motion
  • Siemens Healthcare
  • Socket Mobile
  • Welch Allyn
All market data pertains to the world market at the manufacturers’ level. The base year for data was 2009. Historical data was provided for the years 2007 and 2008, with forecast data provided for 2010 through 2014. Compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) are provided for the 2007-2010, 2007-2014 and 2010-2014 periods for each market segment covered. The forecasted market analysis for 2010-2014 was highly influenced by the uptake of new technologies in the health industry, government incentives and requirements, product marketing, and demographic trends.


EMR Incentives Should Boost Handheld Use in Healthcare, Report Says

New York, June 30, 2010—Stimulus incentives designed to spur hospitals and physicians to use EMR systems are among several factors that will drive growth of handheld devices in healthcare, according to a new report from healthcare market research publisher Kalorama Information. The report, Handhelds in Healthcare: The World Market for PDAs, Tablet PCs, Handheld Monitors & Scanners, indicates that handheld device sales for healthcare use reached $8.2 billion globally in 2009 and are expected to increase to seven percent for the next five years as physicians and hospitals purchase new IT systems.

“The ARRA incentives for electronic medical records do not specifically reimburse doctors for devices,” said Bruce Carlson, Publisher of Kalorama Information. “But they are getting healthcare organizations to think about IT purchases, and they are helping to make the argument for better electronic data entry, something that we think will lead to increased sales for devices used to enter data.”

Other factors are driving the expansion of this market, including a growing and aging population, a shortage of qualified medical professionals, cost restraints, and medical error reduction measures, according to the report. The propensity of doctors and nurses to use the devices is also driving sales.

“Healthcare workers need to be mobile, and so PDAs and monitoring devices have long been a good fit,” said Carlson.

The report looks at all handheld devices and makes specific forecasts for each category. Patient monitoring devices account for the largest share of sales in the handheld market, largely due to the range of products available, the number of conditions requiring monitoring, and increasing demand for essential monitoring products in portable sizes, such as ultrasound and ECG. Administrative devices have exploded over the last five years with the growing use of PDAs, smartphones, and tablet PCs taking hold in the healthcare industry. Advances in technology and the continued benefits provided by handheld devices are a significant factor in driving this market.

Competitors supplying new technologies to hospitals are mainly large, established healthcare companies, often working in conjunction with other information technology companies on an entire system. Some of the top companies offering handhelds are Research in Motion, GE Healthcare, Global Media, Medtronic, Omron, Siemens Healthcare, Socket Mobile, Inc. and Welch Allyn.

Handhelds in Healthcare: The World Market for PDAs, Tablet PCs, Handheld Monitors & Scanners provides profiles of these competitors, discusses trends in handheld technology in healthcare and forecasts the market for these devices.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS CHAPTER ONE: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • Healthcare Industry
  • Scope and Methodology
  • Size and Growth of the Market
  • Issues Facing the IT Healthcare Market
  • Leading Competitors
CHAPTER TWO: INTRODUCTION
    Healthcare Industry
    • The US Market
    • European Union and Asia-Pacific Markets
    • Healthcare Establishments
    • Hospitals
      • U.S. Hospital Chains
      • Consolidation in the Industry
      • Handheld Device Technology Adoption in Hospitals
    • Physicians
      • Number of Physicians
      • Handheld Device Technology Adoption by Physicians
    • Nursing Homes
    • Pharmacies
    • Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
    • The Value Chain of the Healthcare Industry
  • Demographic Trends
  • US Demographics
    • Population Over Age 65
  • World Demographics
CHAPTER THREEE: INDUSTRY TRENDS
  • Overview
  • Industry Challenges Forcing IT Implementation
    • Decreasing Healthcare Resources
    • Emphasis on Reducing Hospital Days
    • Nursing Shortage
    • Capacity Constraints
  • Health Information Technology and American Investment and
  • Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA)
  • Bar Code Label Requirements and Technology Demands
CHAPTER FOUR: PRODUCTS AND COMPETITORS
  • Overview
  • Patient Monitoring Devices
    • Telemedicine
      • Patient Monitoring Applications
      • Blood Pressure Monitors
        • Growth Factors and Benefits of Hand Held Blood Pressure Monitors
        • Industry Challenges for Implementation
      • Pulse Oximeters
      • ECG/EKG
      • Ultrasound
      • Fetal Heart Monitors
      • Diabetes Monitors
      • Prothrombin Time Monitors
      • TENS/EMS Devices
      • New Developments and Trends
        • MedStar Chemotherapy Monitoring
    • Administrative Devices
      • PDAs and Smartphones
        • Defining Smartphones and PDAs
        • Uses of Healthcare PDAs
        • Benefits of Healthcare PDAs
        • Challenges in the Implementation of PDAs in Healthcare Settings
        • New Developments and Trends
      • Tablet PCs
        • EMR Software
        • E-prescription Software
      • Inventory Scanners and Medication Management Devices
        • Benefits of Handheld Inventory/Medication Devices
        • Challenges in the Implementation of Handheld Inventory/Medication Devices
CHAPTER FIVE: MARKET OVERVIEW
  • Total Market Size and Growth
    • Market by Product Type
    • Patient Monitoring Device Market
    • Administrative Device Market
    • Market by Geographical Region
  • Market Drivers and Inhibitors
    • Growth Drivers
    • Growth Inhibitors
  • Emerging Trends
CHAPTER SIX: IMPLEMENTATION OF HANDHELD DEVICES: TECHNOLOGY BEHIND HANDHELD DEVICES
  • Overview
  • Overview of Wireless Technologies
    • Wireless Personal Area Network - Bluetooth
    • Wireless Personal Area Network - RFID
    • Wireless Personal Area Network - Zigbee
    • Wireless Personal Area Network - UWB
    • Applications of UWB in Healthcare
    • Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)
    • Applications of WLAN in Healthcare
    • Wireless Metropolitan Area Network (WMAN)
    • Applications of WMAN in Healthcare
    • Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN)
    • WLAN vs. WWAN
    • Benefits of Mobile Phone Technologies
    • Applications of WWAN in Healthcare
  • Examples of Implemented Technologies
    • Therapy Partners—Ontario, Canada
    • Mount Sinai Hospital and the University Health Network (UHN)—New York, New York
    • St. Clair Hospital—Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Good Samaritan Hospital—Vincennes, Indiana
    • Bethesda Children’s Hospital—Meadville, Pennsylvania
    • George Washington University Hospital—Washington D.C.
    • OSU Medical Centre—Ohio
    • St. Vincent’s Hospital—Birmingham, Alabama
CHAPTER SEVEN: COMPETITOR PROFILES
  • Overview
  • Research in Motion Ltd.
    • Company Overview
    • Performance Review
    • Key Acquisitions, Alliances, and Partnerships
    • Products and Services
    • Growth Strategy
    • New Development
    • Locations
  • GE Healthcare
    • Company Overview
    • Performance Review
    • Key Acquisitions, Alliances, and Partnerships
    • Products and Services
    • Growth Strategy
    • New Development
    • Locations
  • Global Media Group, LLC
    • Company Overview
    • Products and Services
    • Growth Strategy
  • Medtronic, Inc.
    • Company Overview
    • Performance Review
    • Key Acquisitions, Alliances, and Partnerships
    • Products and Service
    • Growth Strategy
    • New Developments
    • Locations
  • Omron Corporation
    • Company Overview
    • Performance Review
    • Products and Service
    • Growth Strategy
    • New Developments
    • Locations
  • Siemens Healthcare
    • Company Overview
    • Performance Review
    • Key Acquisitions, Alliances, and Partnerships
    • Products and Service
    • Growth Strategy
    • New Developments
    • Locations
  • Socket Mobile, Inc.
    • Company Overview
    • Performance Review
    • Key Acquisitions, Alliances, and Partnerships
    • Products and Service
    • Growth Strategy
    • New Developments
    • Locations
  • Welch Allyn, Inc.
    • Company Overview
    • Key Acquisitions, Alliances, and Partnerships
    • Products and Service
    • Locations
  • LIST OF COMPANIES

  • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

    LIST OF EXHIBITS
    CHAPTER ONE: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table 1-1: The Global Market for Handheld Healthcare Devices 2007-2014
    • Figure 1-1: The Global Market for Handheld Healthcare Devices 2007-2014
    CHAPTER TWO: INTRODUCTION
    • Figure 2-1: By Sector Contribution to the U.S. GDP
    • Figure 2-2: The US Healthcare Spending (2005-2017)
    • Table 2-1: U.S. Registered Hospitals by Type, 2008
    • Figure 2-3: Number of Hospitals in the US, 1975-2005, Estimated 2015
    • Table 2-2: Leading For-Profit U.S. Hospital Chains, 2008-2009
    • Figure 2-4: Number of Hospital Mergers in the US, 1998-2007
    • Table 2-3: Segmentation of Physicians in the US*
    • Figure 2-5: Number of Nursing Homes, 2000-2006
    • Figure 2-6: Number of Pharmacies and Drug Stores, 2000-2006
    • Figure 2-7: Number of Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories, 2000-2006
    • Figure 2-8: Value Chain of the Healthcare Industry
    • Table 2-4: The U.S. Population, 1980-2020
    • Figure 2-9: The US Population, 1980-2020
    • Table 2-5: Percent U.S. Population Over Age 65 by Year
    • Figure 2-10: Estimated Population by Age Group, 2000 and 2050
    • Table 2-6: The World Population, 1980-2020
    • Figure 2-11: The World Population, 1980-2020
    CHAPTER THREE: INDUSTRY TRENDS
    • Figure 3-1: Estimated Implementation of IT related Technologies and Applications in Developed Regions, (includes both completed and in-progress systems)
    • Figure 3-2: IT Priorities of Healthcare Organizations in the US, 2005-2008
    • Figure 3-3: Percent of U.S. Hospitals Reporting ED Capacity Issues by Type of Hospital, Current Survey March 2010
    • Figure 3-4: Percent of U.S. Hospitals Reporting ED Diversion in Last Months by Type of Hospital, Current Survey March 2010
    • Figure 3-5: Percent of U.S. Hospitals Citing Factor as Number One Reasons for ED Diversion, Current Survey March 2010
    • Table 3-1: National Health Expenditure Amounts, by Type of Expenditures Calendar Years 2001-2015 1
    CHAPTER FOUR: PRODUCTS AND COMPETITORS
      Table 4-1: Select Handheld Patient Monitoring Systems Current as of June 2010 Table 4-2: Select Handheld Administrative Devices Current as of June 2010 Table 4-3: Percent of Office-based Physicians Using EMRs, 2001-2006
    CHAPTER FIVE: MARKET OVERVIEW
    • Table 5-1: The Global Market for Handheld Healthcare Devices by Segment 2007-2014
    • Figure 5-1: The Global Market for Handheld Healthcare Devices by Segment 2007-2014
    • Figure 5-2: The Global Market for Handheld Healthcare Devices by Segment 2009
    • Table 5-2: The Market for Handheld Patient Monitoring Devices Estimated Products Sales by Product Type, 2009
    • Figure 5-3: The Market for Handheld Patient Monitoring Devices Estimated Products Sales by Product Type, 2009
    • Table 5-3: The Market for Handheld Healthcare Administrative Devices Estimated Products Sales by Product Type, 2009
    • Figure 5-4: The Market for Handheld Healthcare Administrative Devices Estimated Products Sales by Product Type, 2009
    • Table 5-4: The Market for Handheld Healthcare Devices Estimated Products Sales by Geographic Region, 2009
    • Figure 5-5: The Market for Handheld Healthcare Devices Market Share by Geographic Region, 2009
    • Figure 5-6: US Healthcare Spending, 2000-2015
    • Figure 5-7: Age-wise Population Distribution, 1980-202
    • Figure 5-8: Demand-Supply Gap for Nurses in the US, 2000-2020
    • Figure 5-9: Demand-Supply Gap for Specialist Physicians in the US, 2000-2020
    • Figure 5-10: Distribution of Fatal Prescribing Errors
    • Figure 5-11: Barriers to Implementing IT, 2005-2008
    CHAPTER SIX: IMPLEMENTATION OF HANDHELD DEVICES: TECHNOLOGY BEHIND HANDHELD DEVICES
    • Figure 6-1: Wireless Networking Technologies
    • Figure 6-2: Range of Wireless Networking Technologies
    • Figure 6-3: RFID Infrastructure and Working
    • Figure 6-4: Working Process of VoIP
    • Figure 6-5: Wireless Metropolitan Area Network Infrastructure
    • Figure 6-6: Working Process of Wireless Wide Area Networks
    • Figure 6-7: Data Throughput Ranges for Mobile Phone Technologies, 1990-2010
    • Table 6-1: Comparison between WLAN and WWAN
    CHAPTER SEVEN: COMPETITOR PROFILES
    • Table 7-1: Corporate Details of Research In Motion Limited
    • Table 7-2: Financial Details of Research In Motion Limited 2007-2009 ($millions)
    • Figure 7-1: Research In Motion Revenues 2007-2009 ($millions)
    • Figure 7-2: Research In Motion Research and Development Expenditures 2007-2009 ($millions)
    • Table 7-3: Corporate Details of General Electric Company
    • Table 7-4: Financial Details of GE Corporation 2007-2009 ($millions)
    • Figure 7-3: GE Healthcare Revenues 2007-2009 ($millions)
    • Figure 7-4: GE-funded Research and Development Expenditures 2007-2009 ($millions)
    • Table 7-5: Corporate Details of Global Media
    • Table 7-6: Corporate Details of Medtronic Inc.
    • Table 7-7: Financial Details of Medtronic 2007-2009 ($millions)
    • Figure 7-5: Medtronic’s Revenues 2007-2009 ($millions)
    • Figure 7-6: Medtronic’s Research and Development Expenditures 2008-2009 ($millions)
    • Table 7-8: Corporate Details of Omron Corporation
    • Table 7-9: Financial Details of Omron Corporation 2007-2009 ($millions)
    • Figure 7-7: Omron Corporation Revenues 2007-2009 ($millions)
    • Figure 7-8: Omron Corporation Research and Development Expenditures 2008-2009 ($millions)
    • Table 7-10: Corporate Details of Siemens Healthcare
    • Table 7-11: Financial Details of Siemens Healthcare 2007-2009 ($millions)
    • Figure 7-9: Siemens Healthcare Revenues 2007-2009 ($millions)
    • Figure 7-10: Siemens AG Research and Development Expenditures 2008-2009 ($millions)
    • Table 7-12: Corporate Details of Socket Mobile
    • Table 7-13: Financial Details of Socket Mobile 2007-2009 ($millions)
    • Figure 7-11: Socket Mobile Revenues 2007-2009 ($millions)
    • Figure 7-12: Socket Mobile’s Research and Development Expenditures 2008-2009 ($millions)
    • Table 7-14: Corporate Details of Welch Allyn

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