Patient Management Systems to Benefit from a Rising Wireless Healthcare Spend of $2.7bn by 2010

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Spending on mobile hardware, software and services across the global healthcare sector is set to rise to $2.7bn by 2010, according to Juniper Research.

Spending on mobile hardware, software and services across the global healthcare sector is set to rise to $2.7bn by 2010, according to Juniper Research. One of the greatest changes will be a correlating rise in investment in patient management systems (PMS).

This prediction by Juniper Research is in line with a survey conducted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, which states that healthcare professionals will be looking to advances in wireless technology to best improve patient service in the future - with a half of all hospitals pointing to wireless as the top emerging technology they would deploy within the next two years.

Juniper highlights the potential for wireless technology applications throughout healthcare services, with the rise in use of electronic health records as a major driving force for the adoption of wireless PMS - predicted to rise globally from $289m in 2005 to $1.51bn by 2010.

These large scale deployments across countries and healthcare systems will result in very high usage rates by 2010 which, according to Juniper Analyst Peter Guthrie, will reach ‘85% of North American primary healthcare professionals, and 95% in some European systems – for specific clinical roles.’ Furthermore the rise in wireless investment in healthcare services is by no means restricted to patient management.

Juniper forecasts an increase in use of wireless technology and applications across the board. Prescribing will see a significant increase from $11m to $445m – one that could result in the elimination of 2 million adverse drug events each year. And through linking into other applications, Lab works can expect to increase from $3.4m to $232m between 2005 and 2010.

For a free white paper and further details of the new study ‘Mobile Healthcare: Opportunities & Strategies for Wireless Technologies & Applications’ visit http://www.juniperresearch.com. Alternatively contact Michele Ince at Telephone +44 (0) 1256 830002/476200.

Juniper Research provides analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing analyst reports, consultancy and industry surveys.

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