Potential disruptive developments in the consumer medical market

Could new web-based medical applications, coupled with the next generation of Bluetooth consumer medical devices, change personal medical care? That’s the question in a White Paper written by by Nick Hunn, Advanced Technology Director of Laird Technologies Wireless Systems “a global leader in the design and manufacture of systems for wireless and other advanced electronics and supplier of wireless technology to the medical market”.

Actually, I’m bound to like any report that begins:

“We’ve all heard about eHealth, whether it goes under that name or the equally popular aliases of telehealth or remote healthcare. For the last decade it’s been touted as the saviour of our healthcare systems, whether they be public or private, by letting patients take care of their own wellbeing and reducing costs for healthcare providers. Far from delivering that promise, it’s spawned a culture of pilots and trial.”

There are lots of other parts I’d like to quote, but here’s two:

“Current consumer medical device manufacturers have little understanding of web applications, or how to change their products into connected devices. Their expertise is in selling boxes that they can forget about.”

“One of the biggest opportunities could be for the UK’s National Health Service to grasp the role of international healthcare provider and make NHS a global brand, but it’s unlikely that will happen.”

This item on the Laird Technologies website has a download link for the four-page paper Trust me, I’m not a doctor – The changing nature of healthcare.