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Global Digital Economy - E-Health and M-Health - Insights, Stats and Analysis


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Global Digital Economy - E-Health and M-Health - Insights, Stats and Analysis

In 2014 there is no shying away from the fact that healthcare regimes all over the world are in crisis and fighting diverse challenges including rising healthcare costs, aging populations, disease and growing demand for accountable care. In response to these challenges; healthcare stakeholders are seeking innovative technologies that promise efficient and effective care delivery. E-health, including m-health, has become earmarked as an area for key killer applications which utilise truly high-speed fixed broadband networks as well as the 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 examples. The report is designed to provide current observations which may assist investors, analysts and industry participants in making investment and business decisions. For examples of projects and pilots from around the world, see separate report: Global Digital Economy - E-Health and M-Health Initiatives, Pilots and Projects.

Latest developments:

E-health is a key area of focus for M2M initiatives; Cloud computing developments are also being applied to e-health; Embracing Big Data could save the healthcare sector billions of dollars; M-health is a key growth area, especially wireless consumer monitoring devices.


1. Synopsis
2. Healthcare next sector on the block for e-transformation
3. E-health
4. Healthcare is a massive global industry
4.1 Healthcare spending statistics
4.2 Healthcare spending insights
4.2.1 A brief history of health care spending
4.2.2 Causes of increases in health care costs
4.3 E-health statistics
4.3.1 Global telehealth market set to expand tenfold by 2018
4.4 Patient must remain central
4.5 How to stimulate growth of e-health
4.6 Videoconferencing in healthcare
5. Key market directions
5.1 Broadband essential to maintain public health system
5.2 Internet already a popular source for health information
5.3 Business opportunities for e-hospitals
5.4 M2M and IT also key to sustainable healthcare
5.5 Cloud computing and healthcare
5.6 Big Data use in medical science
6. M-Health
6.1 Smartphones are pushing mobile health
6.2 Wearable wireless devices and healthcare
6.2.1 Remote patient monitoring
6.2.2 Connected medical devices
7. Privacy and security a key concern
7.1 Quality of service needs to be considered
7.2 Accountability and transparency
8. Related reports
Table 1 Spending on healthcare as a percentage of GDP selected countries 2009; 2010
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 BuddeComm insights on m-health
Exhibit 7 Healthcare monitoring for the elderly
Exhibit 8 mPowering Frontline Health Workers

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