November 1, 2003. A recent comprehensive report
produced by Spyglass
Consulting discusses the current state of mobile computing
within the healthcare industry. It identifies the market drivers,
trends, opportunities and challenges to using mobile computing
devices and healthcare applications at the point of care.
Gregg Malkary, Managing Director, Spyglass Consulting
Group and the author of this report states: "Mobile computing
in healthcare is poised to revolutionize the way medicine is practiced
at the point of care. Mobile devices enable clinicians to access
patient information quickly, efficiently and securely from any
location and at any time."
What is the market opportunity for mobile computing?
The total revenues for healthcare mobile devices,
applications and services were approximately $50 million in 2002.
This market is anticipated to grow significantly with a compound
annual growth rate of 120 percent to $1.2 billion in 2006
Market forecast for mobile devices, applications
Knowledge-based solutions. This segment is defined
by the use of mobile computing devices for accessing drug information
databases, medical reference
manuals, medical calculators and educational materials.
Legacy systems integration. This segment is characterized
by point solutions that solve a specific task or business process
and require tight integration with
the back office clinical systems. This segment is expected to
grow the fastest over the next four years because departmental
systems are already in place and store much of the critical patient
information required by clinicians. The applications developed
within this segment will drive the need and the adoption of mobile
computing within the healthcare industry. These applications include
e-prescribing, charge capture and coding, automated documentation,
patient management and tracking, and lab entry and viewing.
Enterprise systems integration. This segment represents
a significant step forward for the mobile clinician. Clinicians
have a more comprehensive set of
integrated applications that are capable of accessing a broader
and deeper amount of clinical and financial information located
throughout the enterprise.
These applications include electronic medical records, computerized
physician order entry, and clinical decision support. This market
segment is not
expected to take off until 2006 because of the relatively low
penetration of enterprise-wide computing systems at hospitals
across the nation.
The report: "Healthcare without Bounds - Trends
in Mobile Computing", is copyright Spyglass Consulting, who
have kindly given us permission to reproduce this report in part
here. The entire report is available for $1,195 (USD) form the
Spyglass Consulting website.
Gregg Malkary can be reached by email