Not-for-profit group the Continua Health Alliance has appointed Orange Healthcare’s Elinaz Mahdavy as chair of its European Working Group.
Mahdavy, the European affairs and strategic partnership manager at Orange Healthcare (Paris, France), will take responsibility for Continua’s relations with EU institutions and government entities in Europe.
She takes over from Mario Romao, a senior policy manager at Intel, who will continue to serve as vice chair.
Venture-capital funding for the healthcare IT sector soared to $1.2 billion last year from $480 million in 2011, with the number of deals growing from 49 to 163, according to new research from Mercom Capital Group.
Calling 2012 a “spectacular year”, Mercom said the fourth quarter of 2012 saw the largest number of deals in a quarter since it began tracking the market in 2010.
That year, venture-capital funding totalled $211 million in 22 deals.
Telehealth services will reach 1.8 million patients worldwide in 2017, up from just 308,000 in 2012, according to a new report from InMedica.
Take-up will be driven by a combination of factors, including the introduction of readmission penalties in the US and the promotion of telehealth as a long-term cost-saving measure in the UK, France and China.
Healthcare providers also want to use telehealth to increase ties to patients and improve the quality of care – often irrespective of the lack of a clear financial return on investment, says InMedica.
Remote patient monitoring systems with integrated communication capabilities are set to number 9.4 million in 2017, up from just 2.8 million in 2012, according to new research from Berg Insight, while the number of devices with integrated cellular connectivity grows from 1.03 million in 2012 to 7.1 million in 2017.
Satellite operator Hughes Network Systems has won a four-year contract from the New England Telehealth Consortium (NETC) to provide satellite services for mobile telehealth clinics in rural parts of Northern New England.
A federally funded consortium of healthcare providers, NETC (Bangor, USA) has been working to develop a private telecoms network that gives healthcare providers fast access to research, medical records and remote medical diagnostics.
After growing at a relatively modest rate over the last couple of years, worldwide device and service revenues from telehealth are expected to rise 55% in 2013, boosted by the rising adoption of telehealth in post-acute care strategies, according to new research from InMedica, a part of IMS Research.
Due to poor economic conditions in Europe, and uncertainty about healthcare reforms in the US, telehealth device revenues grew by only 5% between 2010 and 2011 – with the number of telehealth patients enrolled worldwide rising 22.2% to 241,200 – and by 18% between 2011 and 2012.
The automotive industry will continue to fuel M2M growth in Europe next year, while in the US the health sector will be the main M2M spur.
These are the predictions of German telecoms incumbent Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany), which has put M2M at the heart of its growth strategy.
According to Jurgen Hase, the vice president of Deutsche Telekom’s M2M Competence Center, a mixture of competition and regulation will aid M2M players targeting the European automotive industry.
Telekom Austria is reaching out to enterprise customers in central and Eastern Europe (CEE) with a new initiative aimed at spurring the adoption of M2M services.
Called ‘Unlock M2M’, the program is intended to facilitate the take-up of M2M technology by making it more accessible and affordable.
In Barcelona's Hospital Del Mar, Telefonica is doing more than connecting phone lines - it is also developing a lucrative new business keeping patients' hearts in good shape.
A heart-monitoring program put in place by Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) is just one kind of machine-to-machine (M2M) technology that telecom operators are racing to develop for sectors including healthcare, automotive, transportation and energy.
Shirley Silvers thinks the "virtual doctor" who monitors her chronic lung condition via mobile phone is wonderful.
"It is like having my doctor sitting on my sofa," said the 64-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent in central England, explaining how her temperature, oxygen levels and sputum color - a barometer for infection - are now checked daily from home.
She sends her readings by text message and gets a reply within minutes, removing the need for regular trips to the doctor.
British health minister Jeremy Hunt is equally enthusiastic.