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Gothenburg, Sweden - September 29, 2008: According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, 50 million people in the EU and the US could potentially benefit from wireless home healthcare monitoring solutions. However there are still very few commercial products that enable distance monitoring of medical equipment such as glucose level meters or blood pressure monitors via mobile networks. The report identifies fundamentally different approaches to technology as one of the key explanations for why the healthcare and mobile industries have not yet found a good match. “There is a wide gap between the technology used in the healthcare sector and the latest advances in telecom. The few telehealth solutions that do exist are not just one but often several generations behind in terms of technology”, said Tobias Ryberg, senior analyst, Berg Insight.

PlantPROCORE In order to pave the way for wireless solutions in healthcare, Berg Insight advices the mobile industry to explain that they fulfil all requirements on safety, data security and reliability in the healthcare sector while at the same time delivering better performance at lower cost compared to legacy systems. Mobile industry players must reach out to medical device manufacturers and caregivers to present solutions that allow them to take full advantage of the latest communication technology. “The healthcare industry is perfectly right to have a cautious attitude towards new innovations before they are thoroughly tested. The first step towards a wireless revolution in home medical care needs to be to build confidence that the mobile network infrastructure is capable of even the most critical tasks”, concluded Ryberg.

About Berg Insight

Berg Insight offers premier business intelligence to the telecom industry. We produce concise reports providing key facts and strategic insights about pivotal developments in our focus areas. Our vision is to be the most valuable source of intelligence for our customers.

For additional information visit http://www.berginsight.com/
 

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