The growing demands on the health industry have resulted in higher demand for new and better medical technology products. New technologies in the health IT segment are emerging in response to increased healthcare needs of an aging population, streamlining and efficiency demands, changes in reimbursement, new wireless technologies including wireless monitoring technologies, decreasing healthcare resources, an emphasis on reducing hospital days, and proven cost-effectiveness.
In particular, the Tablet PC has been focused on as it mimics clipboards and other products already used by physicians, nurses and other healthcare workers. The Apple iPad is the most prominent device but other competitors generate a significant amount of usage as well, including. Samsung, Research in Motion (BlackBerry), Panasonic, Hewlett Packard, Motion Computing, Lenovo, Fujitsu, Tangent and others. This Kalorama Information report, The Market for Tablet PCs in Healthcare, looks at the role these devices can play in reducing costs and making healthcare more efficient. The report also presents the opportunity for makers of these devices.
There are four primary markets for these new technologies. The report provides Tablet PC usage estimates for all of these sectors:
- Physician offices
- Home healthcare and nursing homes
- Other, including first responders, institutional, and military.
For each of these segments, it also estimates market opportunity for sales to those customers and forecasts that opportunity for five years.
This global report breaks the market opportunity in healthcare tablet PCs out for the following regions.
- United States
- Rest of Asia
- Rest of World.
The list of trends and factors affecting the market for tablet PCs in healthcare include:
- EMR Compatibility and Functions
- Efficiency in Healthcare with IT
- Growing Availability and Use of Medical Apps for Tablets
- E-Prescribing: A Driver to Tablet Adoption
- Demand on Healthcare with Aging Populations
- Health Spending and Cost Saving Efforts
- Health Information Technology and American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009
- FCC and Medical Wireless Communication
The once-niche area of healthcare tablets has become a highly competitive segment of the industry, booming just after the iPad launch which took many professional industries by storm. Several market participants are involved in this industry and a few are discussed in detail in this report including:
- Cybernet Medical
- Hewlett Packard
- Motion Computing
- Research In Motion
- Socket Mobile
The information for this report was gathered using both primary and secondary research including comprehensive research of secondary sources such as company literature, databases, investment reports, and medical, information technology and business journals. Telephone interviews and email correspondence were the primary method of gathering primary information. Primary sources were the basis in gathering information specifically relating to revenue and market share data presented in this report. Specific interviews with IT company representatives included marketing directors, division managers, and product representatives.
All market data pertains to the world market at the manufacturers’ level. The base year for data was 2013. Historical data was provided for the years 2008 through 2012 with forecast data provided through 2018. The forecasted market analysis was highly influenced by the uptake of new technologies in the health industry, government incentives and requirements, product marketing, availability and demographic trends.