Health Care WiFi Spending on Pace for Big Gains Through 2016

Last year, ABI reported that WiFi use in healthcare ballooned by 60% over 2009. If you think that’s impressive, just wait until you see what the next few years have in store for WifFi use in the healthcare ecosystem. The latest research and projections put forward this week by ABI show that mobile devices and …   Read More

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Last year, ABI reported that WiFi use in healthcare ballooned by 60% over 2009.

If you think that’s impressive, just wait until you see what the next few years have in store for WifFi use in the healthcare ecosystem.

The latest research and projections put forward this week by ABI show that mobile devices and emerging technologies will rapidly expedite the creation of a $1.3 billion health care WiFi industry by 2016.

As with many other industries, the drive to have more consumer devices connected to WiFi networks is also pushing specific vertical markets, such as health care, to invest much more in its own wireless infrastructure, according to the ABI report “Wireless Technologies in Professional Healthcare.” The study examines the size of the WiFi market in the health care sector.

“WiFi has established itself as a key infrastructure technology within health care operations in North America and is continuing to expand uptake elsewhere,” Jonathan Collins, an ABI analyst, tells eWEEK. “We see adoption growing around the world over the next five years.”

Collins estimates that the number of smartphone and handheld devices connecting to WiFi networks in health care will see a 20% increase this year alone.

“All three companies and their competitors have long seen potential and success in delivering WiFi hardware and services into the health care market,” Collins added. “Along with stressing the benefits of wireless over wired, infrastructure vendors have also increasingly partnered and accommodated additional applications and vendor providers to drive up the ROI from deploying WiFi coverage.”

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  1. Michael

    Very interesting data, definitely be on the lookout to see what happens in the near future and how it is used

  2. Healthcare List

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