“Role of Wireless ICT in Healthcare and Wellness” Standardization, Applications and Markets
At the present time, in the U.S. and many other developed countries healthcare development and its quality are suffering due to:
- Necessity of continuous increase in the government spending/support
- Unstoppable increase in the service cost
- Deterioration of services.
One technology, which is gradually becoming a powerful tool to improve healthcare is wireless communications. This technology is enhancing patients’ monitoring, relieves medical staff from routine procedures, and reduces probability of medical mistakes. Bidirectional wireless communications channels also allow, if it is necessary, to respond on the received information to correct the patient treatment.
The report emphasizes the importance of wireless communications standardization for medical applications. To show this, the report conducted a detailed analysis of technical and economical characteristics of WBAN (Wireless Body Area Networks) and MWBAN – Medical WBANs. Standards and regulatory documents issued by the IEEE, ETSI, ITU, ISO, FCC, FDA and Continua related to the report subject are also addressed.
The report also updates the information on transport technologies that are used to support the 11073 and connectivity standards – Bluetooth, Near Field Communications and ZigBee - to show their place in improving patients’ monitoring conditions and in patients’ general care. Technical and economical characteristics of these technologies as well as their markets are analyzed.
The report also provides a detailed analysis of a recently commercialized wireless technology – Visible Light Communications (VLC), emphasizing its wide open opportunities for medical applications. Particular, it may provide reliable and secure communications in the hospital environment where use of RF signals for communications is not allowed (OR, MRI and similar). VLC technical and economical characteristics are addressed; and their place in medical applications is shown. The survey of patents related to VLC (2015-2017) is conducted.
Surveys of related industries are also presented.
The report is written for service providers, IT departments of hospitals and other medical organizations, retail operators, vendors, network operators and managers, investors and end users seeking to gain a deeper understanding wireless communications medical/wellness applications.
For systems integrators, the report provides an analysis and assessment of competing products currently available to support healthcare and wellness as well as an estimation of the overall opportunities in the coming years.