Wireless Sensor Solutions to Save $25 billion in
San Diego, CA – August 6, 2008-- Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) solutions are gearing up to save the healthcare industry $25 billion in 2012 by reducing hospitalizations and extending independent living for seniors, according to a recent study by ON World.
In 2007, life-saving systems such as ambulatory cardiac monitoring made up the lion’s share of the revenues. However, over the next decade the fastest growing WSN markets will be preventive health and wellness solutions. Governments and industry are working together and investing in technologies such as WSN to address the global $4 trillion dollar healthcare market that is expected to double over the next decade.
Two of the most promising healthcare WSN solution areas are the following:
Ambient Assisted Living
“Smart home” Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) technologies such as ZigBee, Z-Wave, and ultra low power WiFi are essential elements of AAL by enabling discreet battery powered sensors to be placed throughout the home. Companies that are currently offering wireless sensor based AAL systems and/or services include CMI (SimplyHome), Grand Care, HealthSense, Living Independently (QuietCare), and Tunstall.
Body Sensor Networks
Today, wireless BSN systems are available for cardiac monitoring from BioWatch, CardioNet, LifeSync, LifeWatch. In addition, companies such as Alive Technologies, Abbott, Dexcom, LifeScan, Medtronic, and Nonin offer wireless BSN products for diabetes and other chronic disease management applications. Bluetooth has the most support for BSNs with its recently completed Bluetooth Health Device Profile (HDP) and upcoming Bluetooth low energy protocol.
Pervasive Computing for Healthcare
ON World’s recently published report, “Wireless Sensor Networks for Healthcare,” is based 155 interviews with healthcare organizations, vendors, suppliers, and industry experts. It provides in-depth analysis on the drivers, threats, and opportunities for wireless sensor networking for hospitals, institutional care, and at-home health. The report features five year market size forecasts, coverage of over 43 leading competitors, and several performance comparisons of ANT, Bluetooth, ZigBee, Z-Wave, and WiFi using ON World’s proprietary software tool, the wsnSimulator™.
For more information, go to: http://onworld.com/healthcare
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