“Wireless ICT in Healthcare and Wellness” Standardization, Trends and Markets
In the U.S. as well as in many other developed countries healthcare can be typically characterized by
- Continuous increase in the government spending
- Unstoppable increase in the service cost
- Deterioration of services.
One technology, which is 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 based on the received information to correct the patient treatment.
The report emphasizes the importance of wireless communications standardization for medical applications. To show this, authors conducted a detailed analysis of technical and economical characteristics for WBAN (Wireless Body Area Networks) and MWBAN – Medical BANs. Standards and regulatory documents issued by the IEEE, ETSI, ITU, ISO, FCC, FDA and Continua related to the report issues are addressed.
The report also updates the information on transport technologies that are used to support the 11073 and other connectivity standards – Bluetooth and ZigBee - to show their place in improving patients’ conditions monitoring and in patients’ general care. Technical and economical characteristics of these technologies are analyzed.
The report also provides a detailed analysis of a relatively new 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 VLC medical applications are discussed. The survey of patents (2015-2016) related to VLC 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 as well as an estimation of the overall opportunities in the coming years.