PARIS – Healthcare providers intend to lower rates of re-admission to hospitals and track disease progression remotely, particularly in developed economies were the healthcare bill is increasing. As a result, telehealth is expected to grow rapidly and to reach 1.8 million patients worldwide by 2017, according to market research firm InMedica, a division of IHS iSuppli.
In its latest report, The World Market for Telehealth – An Analysis of Demand Dynamics – 2012, InMedica indicated that about 308,000 patients were remotely monitored by their healthcare provider for congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, hypertension and mental health conditions in 2012.
Telehealth device revenues increased by 18 percent from 2011 to 2012. But, more importantly, InMedica said it anticipates that they will grow by 55 percent worldwide in 2013.
World telehealth patients (thousands) by disease Click on image to enlarge (Source: InMedica)
In a statement, Theo Ahadome, senior analyst with InMedica, commented: “Telehealth vendors and other stakeholders have an opportunity to help healthcare providers to develop an effective post-acute care strategy.”
Ahadome added: “For telehealth to succeed in reaching a wider audience, it needs to break out of being a niche market and become part of a comprehensive patient-care model. This is even more important in the post-acute care market where healthcare providers are more willing to pay for telehealth if it is part of a total post-acute care model. In such a situation, healthcare provider reimbursed or allocated pre-paid funds for patient outcomes irrespective of the chosen method. In some cases and for some diseases, telehealth will be part of that model.” See related links: