South Korean president Park Geun-hye has indicated that the telehealth market could become a new growth engine for the country’s economy, according to a report from Shanghai Daily.
Returning from a trip to India and Switzerland, Park is reported to have said that remote healthcare could represent one of several future opportunities for South Korea’s economy in a discussion with senior presidential secretaries.
Etisalat and du are to provide mobile health services to the Ministry of Health as part of a wider mhealth program in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), reports the Emirates News Agency.
The deal will see the two state-backed operators work with authorities on the development of mhealth products related to health and wellbeing, and is aimed in particular at supporting patients with diabetes as well as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
The state of Mississippi has unveiled plans for a trial of telehealth services involving a range of public- and private-sector partners, including technology giants GE and Intel.
Authorities are looking to connected health technologies to address what they describe as a growing diabetes crisis – Mississippi ranks second among US states in terms of the prevalence of the disease, with more than 373,000 adult sufferers.
A start-up called MediSprout has launched a new videoconferencing service that can be used “on demand” by medical providers and is fully compliant with healthcare regulations, unlike a number of other videoconferencing services.
MediSprout says the service is aimed at providers who see patients on a daily basis in hospitals, nursing homes or other healthcare-related facilities and allows anyone to “connect with anyone else at any time”.
Innovative product development and streamlining procurement initiatives look set to dominate the medical devices landscape in 2014, as healthcare organizations try to reduce spiraling healthcare expenditure, according to new research from IHS Technology.
In a series of predictions about healthcare technology in 2014, the market-research company said that efforts to reduce healthcare expenditure had already led to a reduction in hospital visits, with patients being treated outside the hospital environment through the use of remote monitoring technology.
Cloud computing player AutoGrid Systems has raised $12.75 million in a fresh round of funding, including support from Germany’s E.ON, one of the world’s largest utility companies.
The company said the investments would be used to expand operations as it looks to promote its big data analytics solutions to energy companies and electricity users globally.
Energy-management specialist Itron has launched a new analytics service aimed at helping gas providers to improve operational efficiency and asset management.
The new service is aimed at utilities in North America and analyzes data from Itron’s (Liberty Lake, WA, USA) gas meters, communications modules and sensing devices to help utilities overcome problems related to aging infrastructure, rising demand and safety concerns.
Oil and gas companies will this year be among the first organizations in the Middle East to deploy services integrating mobility with intelligent solutions such as M2M and unified communications.
Such is one of the headline predictions from IDC about the development of the Middle East’s business network services market in 2014.
GE has indicated that it is partnering with communications platform provider Trilliant on the provision of SaaS-based smart-grid services to Holly Springs in Mississippi.
The city is one of several to have signed up to GE’s (Fairfield, CT, USA) Grid IQ Solutions as a Service, along with Skiatook in Oklahoma, Norcross in Georgia and Leesburg in Florida.
All are looking to enhance operational efficiency, improve reliability and increase customer engagement through the use of the GE service.
Silver Spring Networks has demonstrated its commitment to open standards and interoperability by revealing that a key wireless standard has been certified for use across its product portfolio.
The standard in question is IEEE 802.15.4g, a global standard designed to harmonize a variety of wireless infrastructure systems – as well as specify standard power levels, data rates, modulations and frequency bands for smart energy networks.