Connectivity is bringing transformative change to healthcare provision and services. That change extends not just to the ability to monitor machines and patients without regard to their location or presenting that data to service providers also regardless of location, but also brings the ability for network services such as data analysis, AI, automation, and virtual reality to play a role in healtchare provison. Each promises to bring efficiency, flexibility, and improved outcomes into healthcare provision. However, healthcare as a vertical market has variety of special aspects and concerns that shape the way in which connectivity can and will be adopted. As an industry, healthcare varies widely between regions, nations, and even within the same healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs). Variation can range from healthcare availability, to payment structures, to implementation and working practices, and even to the most common patient conditions. Given that health is an aspect that touches every person on the planet, the importance and value of delivering affordable healthcare is paramount.
This report examines the concept and potential of smart health provision as well as the issues facing HDOs and IT providers in bringing connectivity into healthcare services. The report is also a marker in the extension of ABI Research’s healthcare coverage to include non-wearable medical devices as well as other key wireless applications including beacons and asset-tracking RTLS.