Research: Strong Potential for MBAN Sensor Market | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Research: Strong Potential for MBAN Sensor Market

May 3, 2013
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

According to research from the New York City-based research firm, ABI Research, there is a rich market for medical body area network (MBAN) sensors, and by 2018, five million will be shipped globally. MBANs are low-power wideband networks consisting of multiple body-worn sensors that transmit a variety of data to a control device.

Thus far, ABI Research notes, the industry has barely penetrated the addressable market. However, the sensors will improve patient monitoring information significantly and allow clinicians to focus on other aspects of care, the researchers say. Because the technology can be brought to a disposable form, they say MBAN sensors will integrate within the workflow of healthcare providers, and thus be useful. ABI Research predicts the market will be be developed through competing protocols.

“The market for disposable MBAN sensors will differ from the wider wearable wireless device market in its support for specific protocols,” Jonathan Collins, principal analyst at ABI Research, said in a statement. “Where Bluetooth Smart will dominate connectivity in the total wearable wireless device market, two competing approaches will be prominent in the disposable healthcare market over the next few years: proprietary and NFC.”

What also will help this industry is the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issuing a final rule that enables spectrum for MBANs, back in September of last year. In that rule, the FCC said it will allow for the allocation of 40 MHz of spectrum for the development of MBAN devices in the 2360–2400 MHz band.

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More



Industry Organizations Praise Senate Passage of VA Mission Act

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed, by a vote of 92-5, a major Veterans Affairs (VA) reform bill that includes health IT-related provisions to improve health data exchange between VA healthcare providers and community care providers.

NIH Issues Funding Announcement for All of Us Genomic Research Program

The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) “All of Us” Research Program has issued a funding announcement for genome centers to generate genotype and whole genome sequence data from participants’ biosamples.

MGMA: Physician Compensation Data Illustrates Nationwide PCP Shortage

Primary care physicians’ compensation rose by more than 10 percent over the past five years, representing an increase which is nearly double that of specialty physicians’ compensation over the same period, according to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

Circulation, Buoy Health Collaborate on Integrated Platform for Patient Transportation

Boston-based startup Circulation Health, a ride-ordering exchange that coordinates medical transportation logistics using Lyft and other transportation partners, is partnering with Buoy Health, also based in Boston, to integrate their platforms to provide patients with an end-to-end healthcare experience.

HITRUST Provides NIST Cybersecurity Framework Certification

The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), security and privacy standards development and accreditation organization, announced this week a certification program for the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (Framework).

Report: Interoperability in NHS England Faces Similar Barriers as U.S. Healthcare

Electronic patient record interoperability in NHS England is benefiting patient care, but interoperability efforts are facing barriers, including limited data sharing and cumbersome processes falling outside of the clinician workflow, according to a KLAS Research report.