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Digital Health NOW Spotlight Report: Cool Technologies in Healthcare ICT
Branham Group, July 2011, Pages: 13
As challenges facing Canadian healthcare intensify, the focus on leveraging technology for greater efficiencies in healthcare has intensified. As a result, innovation in healthcare technologies continues to remain cutting edge with several new technologies being introduced into the market on a regular basis. Branham defines a "cool technology" as one that is innovative, is recent in its application and expected to find increased application in coming years.
Undoubtedly the hottest trend in digital Health, borne out by the breadth of its adoption over the past two years, is the move towards wireless and mobile infrastructure and applications. The digital health market is evolving rapidly. Once characterised by small scale, single applications, it is increasingly dominated by larger multi-functional systems. The type of organisation that is building and hosting eHealth services is also changing, with incumbent healthcare providers ceding market share to the next generation of providers or changing themselves to offer next generation solutions. This evolution, in part, is being driven by the growing use of both local and wide area wireless networking and mobile applications. The value of wireless technology is seen in improving service productivity, efficiency and profitability. Though healthcare organisations in Canada and elsewhere have been slow to embrace wireless technology, more and more organisations are finding that they can save time and money and improve care with this technology and as it eliminates the need for wired connections, it increases mobility of their patients and healthcare professionals and ultimately improves treatment outcomes.
Global Healthcare Expenditures
How Does Canada Compare
- Healthcare Expenditures
- Resources in the Health Sector
- Health Status and Risk Factors
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