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Remote monitoring is on the rise

Worldwide, 3 million patients have a remote monitoring device at home that is monitored by a professional caregiver. This states a new report by Berg Insight. IF this market will grow is not a question, but HOW this market will evolve that is the important question. Berg Insight sketches a future for connected medical devices with a compound annual growth rate (CARG) of 44.4 percent. It is estimated to reach €19.1 million connections by 2018.


Patients that use connected medical devices for various forms of personal health tracking are not included in this figure.






They claim revenues of remote patient monitoring has reached €4.3 billion in 2013. Between 2013 and 2018 they expect revenues will grow with 35 percent, reaching €19.4 billion. What kind of monitoring is now booming in this market?

  • Cardiac rhythm management; accounts for two-thirds or 2 million connections and will grow to 4 million by 2018
  • Sleep therapy; represents about 0.54 million people
  • Telehealth, medication adherence and airflow monitoring have 0.34 million connections. Interesting fact is that pharmaceutical companies will move into this space as well.

Vitaphone expects Berg Insight to be be right: this market will grow. We are definitely going to help to develop a better and more efficient healthcare by introducing cutting edge solutions in remote monitoring of vital signs.

Author: Indy Kavelaars

Source: Berg Insight

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INFOGRAPHIC: Healthcare IT trends for 2014

Have a look at this great overview! Some highlights:

  • $36 billion will be saved, in the next 5 years, by utilizing remote monitoring in patients with cardiac & chronic diseases;
  • 1.3 million Americans will be treated via telehealth by 2017;
  • 81% of the healthcare providers plan to make future investments in telehealth.

Our message to healthcare community; don’t wait any longer! Start with the implementation of current available solutions. Let’s make Telehealth and Remote Monitoring reality…and not a promise in an infographic!


2014 Health IT Trends Infographic Healthcare

2014 Health IT Trends Infographic Healthcare

Source: CDW community

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From Holter to event monitoring!

An article of the NIH, National Institutes of Health, states that a dramatic leap in mHealth will take place when we have small, inexpensive wireless devices with sensors that monitor our physiology.[1] This means our heart rate, blood pressure, blood sodium and glucose levels, breathing patterns, brain waves and so on. These can then be transmitted to the physician, who can in his turn take actions that may spare you a trip to the hospital or even save your life.

In a clinical trial, a wireless adhesive patch was tested next to the traditional technology (the Holter) to measure heart activity. With the traditional technology, the Holter must be worn for 24 hours; it records the full 24 hours. Getting a good reading is particularly challenging when the arrhythmias occur episodically. The adhesive patch can be carried around for a longer time, like a week. The patch had 15% less use-able readings in the first 24 hours but people were asked to wear it until they could tolerate it. The subjects wore the adhesive patch for 11 days on average. Because people wore the patch longer, there were significantly more (96) use-able readings than with the Holter (61).[2] Nice data that demonstrates cardiac event monitoring works.

The cardiac event recorders, developed by Vitaphone, send the registered events within seconds to the physician or the events are firstly analyzed in the telemonitoring Service Centre and then sent through. Many event recorders are in use by Dutch hospitals. Have a look at the users list >

Cardiac event recording is available and can function as replacement for the Holter monitoring!

Author: Indy Kavelaars @ Vitaphone Netherlands

Source: [1] NIH Directorsblog

[2] Comparison of 24-hour Holter Monitoring with 14-day Novel Adhesive Patch Electrocardiographic Monitoring. Barrett PM, Komatireddy R, Haaser S, Topol S, Sheard J, Encinas J, Fought AJ, Topol EJ. Am J Med. 2014 Jan;127(1):95.e11-7.

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