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Digital Economy - E-Health and M-Health - Vital Services of the Future


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E-health, including m-health, has become a area where key killer applications can utilise truly high-speed fixed broadband networks and improving mobile broadband networks and devices. BuddeComm believes that the alternative to not embracing e-health is to accept a significantly inferior healthcare service in the future. Countries that are lagging in broadband infrastructure developments are going to face, not just a telecoms dilemma – but, more importantly, they are going to face a health crisis. M-health initiatives are of special interest to developing nations which have more mobile penetration than fixed line and is also a growth area in the developed markets where smart phone penetration is higher.

The following report includes recent industry insights on the e-health and m-health sectors and provides a global market summary which incorporates trends, statistics and two case studies. The report is designed to provide current observations which may assist investors, analysts and industry participants in making investment and business decisions.

Latest developments:

E-health is a key area of focus for M2M initiatives; Cloud computing developments are also being applied to e-health; M-health is also a growth area, especially wireless consumer monitoring devices; In late 2012 USAID and the mHealth Alliance joined forces to form a three-year public-private partnership called mPowering Frontline Health Workers; The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington has advanced its wireless health care agenda by adopting rules that will enable Medical Body Area Networks (MBANs).


1. Synopsis
2. Healthcare – next sector on the block for e-transformation
3. Market summary
3.1 Patient/citizen remains central
4. E-health in the context of BuddeComm research
4.1 This is how to stimulate growth of e-health
4.2 Videoconferencing in healthcare
5. Key market directions
5.1 Internet already a popular source for health information
5.2 Broadband essential to maintain public health system
5.3 Business opportunities for e-hospitals
5.4 Medical Body Area Networks (MBANS)
5.5 New rules in US extends EMR sign-up
5.6 M2M and IT also key to sustainable healthcare
5.6.1 M2M applications for healthcare
5.7 Bluetooth Smart used for medical devices
5.8 Cloud computing
5.9 Big Data use in medical science
6. M-Health
6.1.1 Smartphones are pushing mobile health
6.1.2 mPowering Frontline Health Workers
7. Privacy and security a key concern
7.2 Quality of service needs to be considered
7.3 Accountability and transparency
8. Examples of projects and applications
8.1 Using Twitter to track the flu
8.2 Public health messages on Facebook
8.3 Electronic Health Records increases quality of healthcare
8.4 Online access to health records for teens
8.5 IBM Watson helps address healthcare challenges
8.6 Aged care services at home
8.7 P4 Medicine
8.8 Interactive Telemedicine
8.9 Wound Technology Network
8.10 E-Payments in healthcare
8.11 Further project examples through the years
9. Case studies
9.1 E-health in Denmark
9.2 Maygar Telekom promoting Hungarian e-health initiatives
9.3 Estonia’s e-health evolution
10. Conclusion: There simply is no alternative to e-health
10.1 E-health: start with the professionals
11. Related reports
Table 1 – Spending on healthcare as a percentage of GDP – selected countries – 2009
Table 2 – Worldwide fixed broadband subscribers and annual change – 2005 - 2013
Exhibit 1 – Snapshot of health care spending around the world
Exhibit 2 – Video consultancy covered by Medicare
Exhibit 3 – Advantages of e-health
Exhibit 4 – Examples of popular health related websites
Exhibit 5 – Digital healthcare appointment systems
Exhibit 6 – Healthcare monitoring for the elderly
Exhibit 7 – BuddeComm insights
Exhibit 8 – E-Health project examples

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