Wireless technologies are bringing about dramatic improvements in the quality of healthcare by allowing patients unprecedented mobility while providing healthcare professionals with easy and real-time access to patient data. Awareness of telehealth and wireless medical applications is increasing with more high profile companies (GE, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Philips, Qualcomm, Siemens, TI, Walmart, etc,) entering the space, along with prominent media coverage and a rise in the number of conferences highlighting the technology. A recent national study by Philips showed compelling and tangible benefits with telehealth. medicare now reimburses for telehealth under particular circumstances and some private payers in certain geographies are also paying providers to use telehealth.
This whitepaper provides a review of the state-of-the-art in tele-machine and wireless medical devices including the key drivers, important developments in end-to-end health and wellness solutions, the opportunity ahead of us, and key challenges for wireless medical device deployments.