Skip to content Skip to navigation

When it Comes to 4G Opportunity, Health is Number One

March 22, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

A new study from research firm Deloitte (New York, N.Y.) indicates that approximately 78 percent of mobile industry executives say that healthcare is the greatest opportunity for the mobile industry in terms of 4G services. This represents more than any other industry, with the retail and financial industries coming in behind healthcare.

In the study, Deloitte points to a number of reasons why mHealth is such a promising opportunity for 4G technology. For one, the study’s researchers noted the increasing growth of people affected by chronic illness in the U.S. along with an aging population. They mentioned the mandated objective to reduce preventable readmissions. And the researchers said there was a chronic shortfall of physicians that add to all of this. All of these needs, along with the growth of remote patient monitoring (RPM) technology, makes mHealth a valuable area.

The researchers also mentioned the broader challenges that the industry will have to work through. For one, there is a need for more trials to broaden the disease and population samples and align them with FDA recommendations, according to the researchers. There is also the evolving ecosystems, open operating systems in particular could present an issue.

The study comes from the analysis and research derived from 250 interviews with senior executives from mobile network operators, mobile device manufacturers, software applications developers and infrastructure component manufacturers

Topics

News

NFL Strikes Deal to Give Players Control of Wearable Data

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and human performance company Whoop are connecting on a deal that will give athletes the ability to control and even sell their own health data from a wearable device.

Media Report: Anthem Loses Appeal to Overturn Blocked Merger with Cigna

According to a report from Bloomberg posted today, Anthem Inc. lost its bid to overturn a court ruling that blocked its planned merger with Cigna Corp.

ONC Releases Proposed Interoperability Standards Measurement Framework

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is soliciting feedback about a proposed industry-wide measurement framework, which it released this week, to assess the implementation and use of healthcare interoperability standards.

VETS Act Introduced to Expand Veterans’ Access to Telehealth Services

U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI), both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, reintroduced this week the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2017 (VETS Act), bipartisan legislation that aims to expand telehealth services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Mayo Clinic Makes Health Content Available via Epic’s Patient Apps

Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic is now offering its health information on demand via Epic patient-facing apps such as MyChart and MyChart Bedside.

Report: Cyber Attackers Using Simple Tactics, Tools to Target Healthcare, Other Industries

The number of reported breach incidents in healthcare grew by 22 percent in 2016 from 269 breach incidents in 2015 to 328 last year, according to Symantec’s 2017 Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR).