InfoCom says e-health in Europe already a multi-billion market
E-health to grow significantly in the coming years — Available e-health solutions are tele-monitoring or services for disabled people — Mobile network operators offer most of available services.
By: Aileen Brucal
E-health in general consists of various telecommunication and IT solutions for the healthcare sector connecting medical informatics, health services and the delivery of information through the Internet and other related technologies. Most of e-health solutions are services supporting physicians and hospital staff, analysis services via mobile phones, emergency and locating services, healthcare hotlines and information services, multimedia solutions, offers for disabled people, reminder services and tele-monitoring.
Mobile network operators offer most of the services for disabled and elderly people. They usually provide complete solutions, from services and end-devices up to customer support and billing. Next to online support and telephone services, some carriers offer the possibility for disabled people to be visited by their own staff to provide them more information about available services, as Swisscom in Switzerland (Swisscom@Home)
Besides mobile network operators, also specialised companies, offering for instance certain end-devices, products and solutions for disabled people are active in the market of e-health. The Spanish company Code Factory, for instance, one of the global leaders in its segment, develops screen readers, magnifiers, Braille interfaces for mobile devices, text-to-speech technology for various languages and GPS navigation software for blind and visually impaired people. Some of their customers are operators such as AT&T, Bouygues, SFR and Vodafone. Another company offering products for blind and visually impaired people is Humanware. The company offers special end-devices for reading and writing, as well as a navigation solution.
Many of the e-health services active today have only been launched within most recent years and several services are still been tested in pilot projects. However, the number of services available will increase further within the next coming years as to allow elderly or impaired people access to communication solutions it is not only part of the corporate responsibility of the providers, it is also quite a lucrative business model.
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InfoCom is a market research and consultancy company with almost 20 years experience providing strategic analyses and planning assistance to stakeholders in the telecommunications, IT and multimedia industries.