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The Market for Tablet PCs In Healthcare (Markets and Usage in Hospitals, Physician Offices, Nursing Homes and Other Settings)

The growing demands on the health industry have resulted in higher demand for new and better medical technology products. New technologies in the health IT segment are emerging in response to increased healthcare needs of an aging population, streamlining and efficiency demands, changes in reimbursement, new wireless technologies including wireless monitoring technologies, decreasing healthcare resources, an emphasis on reducing hospital days, and proven cost-effectiveness.

In particular, the Tablet PC has been focused on as it mimics clipboards and other products already used by physicians, nurses and other healthcare workers. The Apple iPad is the most prominent device but other competitors generate a significant amount of usage as well, including. Samsung, Research in Motion (BlackBerry), Panasonic, Hewlett Packard, Motion Computing, Lenovo, Fujitsu, Tangent and others. This Kalorama Information report, The Market for Tablet PCs in Healthcare, looks at the role these devices can play in reducing costs and making healthcare more efficient. The report also presents the opportunity for makers of these devices.

There are four primary markets for these new technologies. The report provides Tablet PC usage estimates for all of these sectors:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician offices
  • Home healthcare and nursing homes
  • Other, including first responders, institutional, and military.
  For each of these segments, it also estimates market opportunity for sales to those customers and forecasts that opportunity for five years.  This global report breaks the market opportunity in healthcare tablet PCs out for the following regions.
  • United States
  • Europe
  • Japan
  • Rest of Asia
  • Rest of World.
The list of trends and factors affecting the market for tablet PCs in healthcare include:
  • EMR Compatibility and Functions
  • Efficiency in Healthcare with IT
  • Growing Availability and Use of Medical Apps for Tablets
  • E-Prescribing: A Driver to Tablet Adoption
  • Demand on Healthcare with Aging Populations
  • Health Spending and Cost Saving Efforts
  • Health Information Technology and American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009
  • HIPAA
  • FCC and Medical Wireless Communication

The once-niche area of healthcare tablets has become a highly competitive segment of the industry, booming just after the iPad launch which took many professional industries by storm.   Several market participants are involved in this industry and a few are discussed in detail in this report including:
  • Apple
  • Barco
  • Cybernet Medical
  • Dell
  • Fujitsu
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Lenovo
  • Motion Computing
  • Motorola
  • Panasonic
  • Research In Motion
  • Samsung
  • Socket Mobile
  • Tangent
  • ViewSonic
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. Primary sources were the 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.

All market data pertains to the world market at the manufacturers’ level. The base year for data was 2013. Historical data was provided for the years 2008 through 2012 with forecast data provided through 2018. The forecasted market analysis was highly influenced by the uptake of new technologies in the health industry, government incentives and requirements, product marketing, availability and demographic trends.


  • Executive Summary
    • TABLETS IN HEALTHCARE:AN OVERVIEW
      • End-Users
    • METHODOLOGY
    • SIZE AND GROWTH OF THE MARKET
      • Key Market Findings
    • ISSUES FACING THE ITHEALTHCARE MARKET
    • COMPETITORS
  • Introduction
    • MOBILE DEVICES: INDUSTRY OVERVIEW
    • APPLICATIONS: EXPANDING CAPABILITIES
    • DEFINING TABLET PCS
      • Leading Mobile Device Operating Systems
        • Table Leading Smartphone Operating Systems
    • WHY TABLET COMPUTERS?
      • Tablet Computer Technology
        • Table Select Tablet Specification Comparison
      • Connection Speeds
        • Table Data and Wi-Fi Download Connection Speed Comparison
      • Consumer Acceptance
    • HEALTHCARE EFFICIENCY
    • HEALTHCARE ESTABLISHMENTS
      • Hospitals
        • Table U.S. Registered Hospitals by Type, 2011
        • Table Leading For-Profit U.S. Hospital Chains, 2008 and 2010
        • Table Registered Hospitals and Acute Care Centers by Country
      • Physicians
        • Table Medical Doctors per 1,000 Population by Country
      • Nursing Homes
        • Table U.S. Nursing Homes, Beds, Residents and Occupancy Rate, 2010
        • Table Estimated Nursing Service Establishments and Care Centers by Country
      • Home Health
        • Table Percentage of Hospice Admissions by Primary Diagnosis, 2005 - 2009 (% of Hospice Admissions)
    • POPULATION STATISTICS
      • Global Population Trends
        • Table The Global Population, 1980-2050
        • Table Global Population Trends Age 65+, 2000-2050
      • U.S. Population Trends
        • Table The U.S. Population, 1980-2050
        • Table Percent U.S. Population Over Age 65 by Year, 2000-2050
      • Global Trends in Life Expectancy
        • Table Average Life Expectancy in Years by Country 1980 and 2012
  • Technologies and Competitors
    • TABLET PCS IN HEALTHCARE
      • Tablet Features and Usability
      • Benefits of Tablets in Healthcare
      • Challenges in the Implementation of Tablets in Healthcare Settings
    • PRODUCT EXAMPLES
      • Apple
      • Barco
      • Cybernet Manufacturing
      • Dell
      • Fujitsu
      • Hewlett Packard
      • Lenovo
      • MiTAC International Corporation
      • Motion Computing
      • Motorola
      • Panasonic
      • Pantech Mobile
      • RIM
      • Samsung
      • Socket Mobile
      • Tangent
      • Toshiba
      • ViewSonic
        • Table Select Tablet PCs in Healthcare Current as of June 2013
    • MEDICAL APPLICATIONS
      • Business Model for Device/Platform Developers
      • Apps and Tablet PCs
      • Leading Apps for Healthcare Providers
      • Electronic Medical Records and Apps
  • Market Overview
    • MARKET INTRODUCTION
      • Table The Global Market for Tablet PCs in Healthcare 2008-2018
    • TABLET PC SALES BY END-USER
      • Table Global Market for Tablet PCs in Healthcare by End User, 2008 - 2018
      • Hospitals/Acute Care Centers
      • Physician Offices/Practices
      • Nursing Establishments/Home Health Services
      • Others
    • REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION OF TABLET PC SALES TO HEALTH ESTABLISHMENTS
      • Table Global Market for Medical Tablet PCs in Healthcare Estimated Products Sales by Geographic Region, 2008-2018
    • MARKET DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS
      • Growth Drivers
      • Growth Inhibitors
    • EMERGING TRENDS
  • Competitor Market Share Analysis
    • OVERVIEW
    • COMPETITOR MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Leading Competitor Analysis, Global Tablet PC Healthcare Market, 2012 vs.2013
  • Industry Trends
    • INTRODUCTION
    • TABLETS AND EMR FUNCTIONS
      • Overview of EMRs
      • EMR Adoption
      • Are Electronic Healthcare Systems More Efficient?
    • USING TABLET PCS IN E-PRESCRIPTION
    • U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR MOBILE MEDICAL APPLICATIONS
    • INCREASING LIFE EXPECTANCY AND THE DEMAND FOR ADVANCED HEALTHCARE DELIVERY OPTIONS
    • GLOBAL HEALTHCARE TRENDS
      • Table Total Healthcare Expenditures as a Percent of GDP by Country 1990, 2000 and 2010
      • General Economic Trends by Country
        • Table Average Annual Growth of GDP by Country 2007-2011
    • U.S. HEALTH INDUSTRY TRENDS
      • Table National Healthcare Expenditures in the United States 1960-2020 (millions)
      • Economic Trends in the U.S.
      • U.S. Health Expenditures by Type
        • Table National Health Expenditure Amounts, by Type of Expenditure: Calendar Years 2015-2021 (In billions of dollars)
      • European Healthcare Markets
      • Asia-Pacific Healthcare Markets
      • Reducing Hospital Days to Lower Costs
        • Table U.S. Hospital Length of Stay, Average by Age Group
        • Table Average International Length of Stay, by Country 2010
      • Health Information Technology and American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA)
        • Table Stages of Meaningful Use
      • HIPAA
      • FCC Rules for Medical Wireless Communication
      • System Compatibility
    • HEALTHCARE EFFICIENCY
  • Case Studies
    • OVERVIEW
      • Mayo Clinic and Apple, Inc.
      • Ottowa Hospital - Apple, Inc.
      • Hewlett-Packard and Sharp Healthcare
      • Queens Pediatrics - Fujitsu Tablets
      • Motion Computing
      • Ford Motor Company and Motion Computing
      • St. Clair Hospital and Hewlett Packard
      • Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program (IDCRP) and Sahara Slate Tablet PC
      • The Whole Child Pediatrics P.S.C. and Motion Computing
  • Competitor Profiles
    • OVERVIEW
    • APPLE, INC.
      • Company Overview
        • Table Corporate Details for Apple, Inc.
      • Performance Review
        • Table Financial Details for Apple, Inc 2008-2012 ($millions)
      • Growth Strategy
      • New Developments
      • Locations
    • BARCO NV
      • Company Overview
        • Table Corporate Details for Barco NV
      • Performance Review
        • Table Financial Details for Barco 2008-2012 ($millions)
      • Growth Strategy
      • New Developments
      • Locations
    • CYBERNET MEDICAL
      • Company Overview
        • Table Corporate Details for Cybernet Systems Corp.
      • Growth Strategy
    • DELL, INC.
      • Company Overview
        • Table Corporate Details for Dell
      • Performance Review
        • Table Financial Details for Dell 2008-2012 ($millions)
      • Growth Strategy
      • New Developments
      • Locations
    • FUJITSU LTD.
      • Company Overview
        • Table Corporate Details for Fujitsu
      • Performance Review
        • Table Financial Details for Fujitsu 2008-2012 ($millions)
      • Growth Strategy
      • New Developments
      • Locations
    • HEWLETT PACKARD COMPANY
      • Company Overview
        • Table Corporate Details for Hewlett Packard
      • Performance Review
        • Table Financial Details for Hewlett Packard 2008-2012 ($millions)
      • Growth Strategy
      • New Developments
      • Locations
    • LENOVO GROUP LIMITED
      • Company Overview
        • Table Corporate Details for Lenovo Group
      • Performance Review
        • Table Financial Details for Lenovo 2008-2012 ($millions)
      • Growth Strategy
      • New Developments
      • Locations
    • MOTION COMPUTING, INC.
      • Company Overview
        • Table Corporate Details for Motion Computing
      • Growth Strategy
      • New Developments
    • MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
      • Company Overview
        • Table Corporate Details for Motorola Solutions
      • Performance Review
        • Table Financial Details for Motorola 2008-2012 ($millions)
      • Growth Strategy
      • New Developments
      • Locations
    • PANASONIC CORPORATION
      • Company Overview
        • Table Corporate Details for Panasonic
      • Performance Review
        • Table Financial Details for Panasonic 2008-2012 ($millions)
      • Growth Strategy
      • New Developments
      • Locations
    • RESEARCH IN MOTION LTD.
      • Company Overview
        • Table Corporate Details for Research In Motion
      • Performance Review
        • Table Financial Details for Research In Motion 2008-2012 ($millions)
      • Growth Strategy
      • New Developments
      • Locations
    • SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
      • Company Overview
        • Table Corporate Details for Samsung
      • Performance Review
        • Table Financial Details for Samsung 2008-2012 ($millions)
      • Growth Strategy
      • New Developments
      • Locations
    • SOCKET MOBILE, INC.
      • Company Overview
        • Table Corporate Details for Socket Mobile
      • Performance Review
        • Table Financial Details for Socket Mobile 2008-2012 ($millions)
      • Growth Strategy
      • New Developments
      • Locations
    • TANGENT, INC.
      • Company Overview
        • Table Corporate Details for Tangent
      • Growth Strategy
      • Locations
    • VIEWSONIC CORPORATION
      • Company Overview
        • Table Corporate Details for ViewSonic
      • Growth Strategy
      • Locations
  • List of Companies
  • Regulatory Authorities and Industry Organizations
  • Glossary of IT Terms

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