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Wireless Opportunities in Healthcare (The Market for Bluetooth, RFID, Zigbee, UWB WWAN, WMAN, WLAN and other technologies)


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Wireless technologies and healthcare are a perfect fit. The clinical environment is a highly mobile one, and physicians, nurses and other clinical operators have a real need for fast information and action. With a record of successful implementations across aspects of healthcare from patient care to sales, wireless technologies have moved from conjecture to reality. Hospitals are dedicating large portions of current and future budgets to IT development and wireless is likely to be among their choices. Given these trends, Kalorama expects the 1.7 billion dollar wireless healthcare market to grow to four times its current size by the end of the decade.

Kalorama’s Wireless Opportunities in Healthcare is your guide to the nascent market for wireless healthcare applications in the United States and globally. This report contains explanations that cut through the confusion surrounding these technologies and provide readers with a total picture of wireless in healthcare.

The report provides:

  • Current Revenues and Forecasts to 2010 for all wireless areas.
  • Over 130 Tables and Figures provide a clear picture of this growing marketplace.
  • Easy access to the Objective Expertise of Market Pioneers who have achieved results in this nascent market.
  • Eight Real-Life Case Studies of wireless technologies in action in sales forces, hospitals, group practices and other healthcare environments.
  • Detailed Profiles of 15 Companies in this market, major products and key executives and pricing where possible.
The report provides today’s market figures and realistic projections for future revenues based on consideration of data and extensive interviews with industry experts. Looking at several detailed case studies, the report shows how wireless is already being used by major healthcare companies across a wide variety of applications, including:

  • Formal Healthcare Facilities (Hospitals, Nursing Homes, etc.)
  • Homecare and Tele-health
  • Pharmaceutical Research (Clinical Drug Trials)
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Force Management
  • Physician Offices
  • Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories

The report details the early companies in this field - and why there is an opportunity for new competitors who move fast. It discusses the currently implemented technologies and the technologies to watch that in four years, will gain impressive market share. Finally, it describes the trends that will push market expansion and reduction of cost of these devices. The healthcare applications and marketplace for the following technologies are discussed in detail:

  • Bluetooth,
  • Zigbee,
  • RFID
  • UWB
  • Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN),
  • Wireless Metropolitan Area Networks (WMAN)
  • Wireless Wide Area Networks (WWAN).

Wireless technologies have immense potential to cast a major impact on the healthcare industry. The application of wireless technologies in healthcare can lead to improvement in the patient care, cost savings, streamlined processes, regulatory compliance and a number of other benefits. For making decisions at the point of action, doctors, nurses, clinicians, pharmacists and sales people alike, need real-time access to data for enhancing the decision-making process. With the use of wireless technologies, healthcare personnel can enhance and streamline their decision-making processes. Some other applications of wireless technologies in healthcare are remote patient monitoring, e-clinical trials, e-prescription and asset management and tracking. Wireless Opportunities in Healthcare will discuss in detail the role of these technologies in these healthcare settings:

A truly global report, Wireless Opportunities in Healthcare will look at the wide-open opportunities available in the European Union and at Asian markets, but acknowledges the role of the United States as the leader in this field and the market to watch.

Kalorama’s unique and thorough research process provides an exhaustive analysis of this evolving market. Information was gathered using both primary and secondary research including comprehensive research of secondary sources such as company literature, databases, investment reports, and medical and business journals. For the purpose of this study, Kalorama Information conducted telephone and email interviews with 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 wireless technology company representatives included marketing directors, division managers, and product development representatives.

In addition to superior coverage of the overall wireless healthcare market, ind-depth company profiles are included for the following wireless technology companies:

  • Cisco
  • Extreme Networks
  • Nortel Networks
  • Symbol Technologies
  • Terrabeam
  • Cerner
  • Eclipsys
  • McKesson
  • Quadra Med
  • Sybase
  • Cardinal Health
  • Datascope
  • GE Healthcare
  • Phillips Data Systems
  • Siemens


  • Executive Summary
    • HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY
    • WIRELESS INDUSTRY
    • WIRELESS IN HEALTHCARE
    • DEFINITION AND SCOPE OF STUDY
    • APPLICATION OF WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES IN HEALTHCARE
      • Emerging Applications
    • KEY WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES
    • IMPLEMENTING WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES IN HEALTHCARE
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
      • Market for Wireless Technologies in Healthcare
        • Table Key Market Size Figures
      • Competitive Landscape
    • CONSUMER ANALYSIS
    • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • CONCLUSIONS AND FUTURE OUTLOOK
  • Overview
    • HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY
      • Table Value Chain of the Healthcare Industry
      • Worldwide Healthcare Market
        • Table US Healthcare Spending, 2000-2015 (in USD billion)
      • Trends
      • Challenges
    • WIRELESS INDUSTRY
      • Worldwide Wireless Market
        • Table US Wireless Market Revenue, 2005-2009 (in USD billion)
      • Trends
      • Challenges
    • WIRELESS IN HEALTHCARE
      • US - The Best Market for Wireless Technologies in Healthcare
      • Trends
      • Challenges
    • DEFINITION AND SCOPE OF STUDY
  • Opportunities for Wireless Applications in Healthcare
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Key Differences between Wired and Wireless Technologies
      • Key Benefits
    • HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY SEGMENTATION FOR WIRELESS APPLICATIONS
      • Healthcare Service Providers
        • Table Applications of Wireless Technologies for Healthcare Service Providers
      • Pharmaceuticals
      • Health Plan Providers
        • Table US Wireless Technologies Adoption by Health Insurance Carriers, 2004-2007 (in Percent)
    • KEY APPLICATIONS
      • Remote Patient Monitoring
        • Table The US Remote Patient Monitoring Market Forecast, 2004-2011 (in USD million)
      • Clinical Drug Trials
        • Table The Electronic Clinical Drug Trial Market Forecast, 2006-2011 (in USD million)
      • E-Prescription
        • Table Total Prescriptions Forecast (2004-2008)
      • Patient/Asset Tracking
        • Table The RFID Patient/Asset Tracking Market Forecast, 2004-2011 (in USD million)
      • Pharmaceutical Sales Force
  • Key Wireless Technologies
    • DATA TRANSMISSION SESSIONS
    • WIRELESS OPERATING SYSTEMS, LANGUAGES, AND PROTOCOLS
    • WIRELESS NETWORKING TECHNOLOGIES
      • Wireless Personal Area Network - Bluetooth
        • Table Market Forecast for WPAN - Bluetooth in Healthcare, 2005-2010 (in USD million)
      • Wireless Personal Area Network - RFID
        • Table RFID Infrastructure and Working
        • Table Market Forecast for WPAN - RFID in Healthcare, 2005-2010 (in USD million)
        • Table RFID Application in Healthcare
      • Wireless Personal Area Network - Zigbee
        • Table Market Forecast for WPAN - Zigbee in Healthcare, 2005-2010 (in USD million)
      • Wireless Personal Area Network - UWB
        • Table Market Forecast for WPAN - UWB in Healthcare, 2005-2010 (in USD million)
      • Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)
        • Table Performance Parameters Comparison of WLAN Standards
        • Table Market Forecast for WLAN in Healthcare, 2005-2010 (in USD million)
      • Wireless Metropolitan Area Network (WMAN)
        • Table Market Forecast for WMAN in Healthcare, 2005-2010 (in USD million)
      • Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN)
        • Table Comparison of WWAN Data Networks
        • Table Data Throughput Ranges for Mobile Phone Technologies, 1990-2010 (in Bits per Second)
        • Table Comparison between WLAN and WWAN
        • Table Market Forecast for WWAN in Healthcare, 2005-2010 (in USD million)
  • Implementing Wireless Technologies in Healthcare
    • WIRELESS INFRASTRUCTURE FOR HEALTHCARE
    • PLANNING FOR WIRELESS INFRASTRUCTURE DEPLOYMENT
      • Table Recommended Phases for Implementing a Wireless Network in Healthcare Organizations
    • INITIATION AND EXECUTION OF A WIRELESS DEPLOYMENT PROJECT
    • COST OF IMPLEMENTATION OF INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Cases of Wireless Implementation Costs
      • Return-on-Investment Period
  • Market Overview of Wireless Technologies in Healthcare
    • MARKET DEFINITION
    • MARKET SIZE
      • The US Wireless Market in Healthcare
        • Table Market Forecast for Wireless Technologies in Healthcare, 20052010 (in USD billion)
        • Table Percentage Break-up of Market Share for Wireless Technologies in Healthcare (in percent)
      • WPAN - Bluetooth Market in Healthcare
        • Table Market Forecast for WPAN - Bluetooth in Healthcare, 2005-2010 (in USD million)
      • WPAN - RFID Market in Healthcare
        • Table Market Forecast for WPAN - RFID in Healthcare, 2005-2010 (in USD million)
      • WPAN - Zigbee Market in Healthcare
        • Table Market Forecast for WPAN - Zigbee in Healthcare, 2005-2010 (in USD million)
      • WPAN - UWB Market in Healthcare
        • Table Market Forecast for WPAN - UWB in Healthcare, 2005-2010 (in USD million)
      • WLAN Market in Healthcare
        • Table Market Forecast for WLAN in Healthcare, 2005-2010 (in USD million)
      • WMAN Market in Healthcare
        • Table Market Forecast for WMAN in Healthcare, 2005-2010 (in USD million)
      • WWAN Market in Healthcare
        • Table Market Forecast for WWAN in Healthcare, 2005-2010 (in USD million)
    • TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION
      • Table Percentage Adoption of Wireless Networking Technologies in the Healthcare Industry in the US
    • COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
      • Segmentation of Players
        • Table Segmentation of the Supply Side Industry
      • Market Shares
        • Table Some Other Players in Different Market Segments
      • Distribution Channel
    • DRIVERS AND INHIBITORS
      • Growth Drivers
        • Table US Healthcare Spending, 2000-2015 (USD billion)
        • Table Age-wise Population Distribution, 1980-2020
        • Table Demand-Supply Gap for Nurses in the US, 2000-2020 (in thousands)
        • Table Demand-Supply Gap for Specialist Physicians in the US, 20002020 (in thousands)
      • Growth Inhibitors
    • EMERGING TRENDS
      • Emerging Applications
  • Demand Side Analysis
    • CONSUMER STATISTICS
      • Table Main Types of Customers of Wireless Technology Solutions in Healthcare
      • Table Some of the Main Interactions between the Customers
      • Hospitals
        • Table Number of Hospitals in the US, 1975-2005
        • Table Number of Hospital Mergers in the US, 1999-2004
        • Table Adoption of Wireless Technologies by the US Hospitals, 2003-2010 (in percent)
        • Table Adoption Behavior of Wireless Technologies by the US Hospitals
        • Table Wireless Technologies Adoption at Hospital Offices, 2003-2010 (in percent)
        • Table Wireless Technologies Adoption at Hospital Rooms, 2003-2010 (in percent)
        • Table 25 Most Wireless Hospitals in the US
      • Physicians
        • Table Segmentation of Physicians in the US
      • Nursing Homes
        • Table Number of Nursing Homes, 2000-2004
      • Pharmacies
        • Table Number of Pharmacies and Drug Stores, 2000-2004
      • Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
        • Table Number of Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories, 2000-2004
      • Life Insurance Carriers
        • Table Number of Direct Life Insurance Carriers, 2000-2004
        • Table Wireless Technologies Adoption by Health Insurance Carriers, 2004-2007 (in percent)
      • Demography
        • Table The US Population, 1980-2020 (in million)
        • Table Age-wise Population Distribution, 1980-2020
    • CONSUMER PREFERENCES AND CHALLENGES
      • IT Preferences
        • Table IT Priorities of Healthcare Organizations in the US, 2005-2008
      • Technology Adoption Preferences
        • Table Current Use of Information Technology, 2006
        • Table Future Outlook of IT related Technologies and Applications Adoption, 2007-2008
      • IT Budget of Healthcare Facilities
        • Table Estimated Change in the IT Budget, 2006-2007 (in percent
      • Barriers in Implementing IT
        • Table Barriers to Implementing IT, 2005-2008
  • Case Studies
    • GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL - WLAN IMPLEMENTATION
      • Requirement for Implementation of Wireless Technologies
      • Expected Benefits
      • Planning and Implementation
      • Cost of Implementation
      • Challenges in Implementation
    • MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER - WLAN IMPLEMENTATION
      • Requirement for Implementation of Wireless Technologies
      • Planning and Implementation
      • Challenges in Implementation
    • GOOD SHEPHERD HOSPITAL - RFID IMPLEMENTATION
      • Requirement for RFID Technology Adoption
      • Benefits
        • Table RFID Pilot Deployment Results, Good Shepherd Hospital
    • SMITH & NEPHEW - SALES FORCE AUTOMATION
      • Planning and Implementation
      • Benefits
    • ACHIEVE HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGIES - EPRESCRIPTION
      • Requirement for e-Prescription
      • Benefits
      • Challenges in Implementation
    • BAYER HEALTHCARE - E-DRUG TRIALS
      • Requirement for e-Drug Trials
      • Benefits
      • Planning and Implementation
    • ISLAND HEALTH CARE - TELE-HOMECARE
      • Requirement for Tele-homecare
      • Benefits
    • WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES FOR PATIENT RECOVERY - REMOTE PATIENT MONITORING
      • Requirement for Remote Monitoring
      • Telemonitoring Solution
      • Results
  • Regulatory Environment
    • NEED FOR REGULATION
    • DEFINING THE NETWORK SECURITY POLICY FOR HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS
      • Planning the Policy
      • Implementing the Policy
      • Using the Policy
    • REGULATORY BODIES AND SOCIETIES
      • United States Department of Health and Human Services
      • Health Level Seven
        • Table Devices Required for Wireless Technologies Implementation in Healthcare
      • Federal Communication Commission
      • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society84
      • Health Industry Business Communications Council
    • INDUSTRY INITIATIVES
  • Conclusions
    • FIRST CONCLUSION
    • SECOND CONCLUSION
    • THIRD CONCLUSION
    • FOURTH CONCLUSION
    • FIFTH CONCLUSION
    • SIXTH CONCLUSION
    • SEVENTH CONCLUSION
  • Company Profiles
    • NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE PROVIDERS
      • Cisco Systems, Inc.
        • Table Corporate Details of Cisco Systems, Inc
        • Table Key Executives
        • Table Geographical Presence - Cisco Systems, Inc
        • Table Cisco Systems, Inc. Revenues, 2002-2005 (In USD million)
        • Table Break-up of Net Sales - Product Wise, 2005 (in percent)
        • Table Break-up of Net Sales - Geography Wise, 2005 (in percent)
      • Extreme Networks, Inc.
        • Table Corporate Details of Extreme Networks, Inc
        • Table Key Executives
        • Table Geographical Presence - Extreme Networks, Inc
        • Table Extreme Networks, Inc. Revenues, 2002-2006 (in USD million)
        • Table Comparison of Revenue Growth - Product and Service, 2002-2006 (in USD million)
      • Nortel Networks Corporation
        • Table Corporate Details of Nortel Networks Corporation
        • Table Key Executives of Nortel Networks Corporation, Canada
        • Table Geographical Presence of Nortel Networks Corporation
        • Table Nortel Networks Corporation (Canada) Revenues, 2001-2005 (in USD million)
        • Table Break-up of Overall Revenue Product - Category Wise, 2005 (in percent)
      • Symbol Technologies, Inc.
        • Table Corporate Details of Symbol Technologies, Inc
        • Table Key Executives
        • Table Geographical Presence - Symbol Technologies, Inc
        • Table Symbol Technologies, Inc. Revenues, 2001-2005 (in USD million)
        • Table Break-up of Net Sales - Geography Wise, 2005 (in percent)
        • Table Break-up of Worldwide Product Sales, 2005 (in percent)
      • Terabeam, Inc.
        • Table Corporate Details of Terabeam, Inc
        • Table Key Executives
        • Table Geographical Presence - Terabeam, Inc
        • Table Terabeam, Inc. Revenues, 2001-2005 (in USD million)
        • Table Break-up of Revenue - Geography Wise, 2005 (in percent)
    • SOFTWARE PROVIDERS
      • Cerner Corporation
        • Table Corporate Details of Cerner Corporation
        • Table Key Executives
        • Table Geographical Presence - Cerner Corporation
        • Table Cerner Corporation Revenues, 2001-2005 (in USD million)
        • Table Break-up of the Revenue - Service-wise, 2005 (in percent)
      • Eclipsys Corporation
        • Table Corporate Details of Eclipsys Corporation
        • Table Key Executives
        • Table Geographical Presence - Eclipsys Corporation
        • Table Eclipsys Corporation Revenues, 2001-2005 (in USD million)
      • McKesson Corporation
        • Table Corporate Details of McKesson Corporation
        • Table Key Executives of McKesson Corporation
        • Table Geographical Presence - McKesson Corporation
        • Table Break-up of Revenue - Business Segment Wise, 2006 (in percent)
        • Table McKesson Corporation Revenues, 2002-2006 (in USD million)
      • QuadraMed Corporation
        • Table Corporate Details of QuadraMed Corporation
        • Table Key Executives
        • Table Geographical Presence of QuadraMed Corporation
        • Table QuadraMed Corporation Revenues, 2001-2005 (in USD million)
      • Sybase, Inc.
        • Table Corporate Details of Sybase, Inc
        • Table Key Executives
        • Table Geographical Presence - Sybase, Inc
        • Table Sybase, Inc. Revenues, 2001-2005 (in USD million)
        • Table Break-up of Revenue - Geography Wise, 2005 (in percent)
    • MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURERS
      • Cardinal Health, Inc.
        • Table Corporate Details of Cardinal Health, Inc
        • Table Key Executives of Cardinal Health, Inc
        • Table Geographical Presence of Cardinal Health Inc
        • Table Cardinal Health, Inc. Revenues, 2002-2006 (in USD million)
        • Table Break-up of Overall Revenue - Product and Service Category Wise, 2006 (in percent)
      • Datascope Corporation
        • Table Corporate Details of Datascope Corporation
        • Table Key Executives of Datascope Corporation
        • Table Geographical Presence of Datascope Corporation
        • Table Datascope Corporation Revenues, 2001-2005 (in USD million)
        • Table Break-up of Overall Sales Revenue - Product Category Wise, 2005 (in percent)
      • GE Healthcare
        • Table Corporate Details of GE Healthcare
        • Table Key Executives
        • Table Geographical Presence of GE Healthcare
        • Table GE Healthcare Revenues, 2001-2005 (in USD million)
      • Philips Medical Systems
        • Table Corporate Details of Philips Medical Solutions
        • Table Key Executives
        • Table Geographical Presence of Philips Medical Solutions
        • Table Medical Systems Sales to Third Parties, 2003-2005 (in USD million)
        • Table Break-up of Medical Systems Sales to Third Parties - Geography Wise, 2005 (in percent)
      • Siemens Medical Solutions
        • Table Corporate Details of Siemens Medical Solutions
        • Table Key Executives
        • Table Geographical Presence of Siemens Medical Solutions

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