The US healthcare system will spend over $69 billion on telecommunications services over the next six years (that figure includes hospitals, physicians, clinics, and insurance providers), according to a new market research study released June 14 by Insight Research Corporation. According to the study, spending will grow at a compounded rate of 9.7 percent over six years increasing from $9.1 billion in 2012 to $14.4 billion in 2017 as healthcare locations expand by 16 percent and the healthcare employment rate increases 2.5 times faster than the total national employment rate. The report says that forces external to the healthcare industry, including Federal Government policies, an aging population, and healthcare worker shortages are encouraging the industry to find alternative approaches to current treatment practices. Much of the high costs inherent in the current system are related to the proximity of patient and provider, as well as to the archaic administrative systems used to manage records and exchange information. The findings show that telecommunications technologies can bridge these proximity and system gaps. “Healthcare providers are avid consumers of telecommunications services and new technology,” said Fran Caulfield, Insight Research Director. “The combination of increased demand for wireless and broadband access, massive data storage demands, and the conversion to electronic health records (EHRs) and procedures is straining existing healthcare networks. Our research measures key operational factors, such as population trends, patient monitoring, and cloud-based storage requirements, and then we quantify the demands for telecommunications services and equipment that will be needed to satisfy these demands No surprises; the research points to strong demand.” The report, “Telecommunications, IT, and Healthcare: Wireless Networks, Digital Healthcare and the Transformation of US Healthcare, 2012-2017,” provides a forecast of US healthcare telecom service spending by wired and wireless access and by healthcare provider i.e. hospitals, physicians, clinics, and other practitioners. Additional information about the report is available on the company’s web site.
(Insight Research Corp., 973-541-9600, www.insight-corp.com.)
The Asia-Pacific Uninterruptible Power Supplies Market earned revenues of $1.46 billion in 2011 and is expected to reach $2.03 billion in 2017, according to research by Frost & Sullivan released June 14. The report shows that many projects that were postponed during the recession are finally getting started leading to a greater demand for uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) especially in areas affected by governments’ new emphasis on cloud computing, green technology and smart grids. The research shows that the UPS market is expected to fully recover by 2015. Additionally the popularity of data centers has raised the profile of cloud computing in Southeast Asia, Australia and Japan, which has made governments even more motivated to adopt cloud computing to accelerate economic development, which, in turn, has accelerated the uptake of uninterruptible power supply systems. “Several public and private companies are included in governments’ programs to convert all government agencies’ computing systems to a public cloud system, creating a cast market for [uninterruptible power supply] devices,” said Avanthika Satheesh, a research analyst for Frost & Sullivan. Additionally, the report shows that sales of single-phase uninterruptible power supply devices in Japan have soared with the unreliability of the existing power network and the disruptions caused by the Fukushima earthquake. The report finds that the mining, manufacturing and power utility industries will be the biggest contributors to market revenues and that the introduction of smart grids all over the region is also creating considerable opportunities for the market, as these grids require constant monitoring, intelligent control and communication. However, the report also warns that end users in the mining and power utility sectors tend to be reluctant to adopt new technologies such green technology due to fears that the unproven technology could halt their production or cause accidents. So uninterruptible power supply products marketed to these sectors will have to meet customized technical specifications before they can expect a warm reception. Additional information about the report is available on the company’s web site.
(Frost & Sullivan, 877-463-7678, www.frost.com.)
Consumer mobile devices are changing the traditional IT environment in enterprises, as 90 percent of enterprises have already deployed mobile devices, mostly smart phones, and 86% planning to deploy media tablets this year according to a survey by Gartner released June 14. The report, “User Survey Analysis: Impact of Mobile Devices on Network and Data Center Infrastructure,” surveyed organizations with 500 or more employees and an in-house data center in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Russia, India, China and Japan from October through November of 2011. The survey centered on the deployment status of and plans for mobile device adoption, bring your own device (BYOD) policy and investment in data centers and adopting technology drivers, including hosted virtual desktop (HVD) for enterprise mobility. Gartner’s survey found that many enterprises are allowing personal mobile devices to connect to the enterprise network. BYOD demand was higher in the countries of Brazil, Russia, India, and China (BRIC) where more Generation Y employees are working. With the proliferation of BYOD, there are many security issues for enterprises to consider before they invest in mobile computing. According to the survey, the top issues were use of privately owned devices and deployment of new enterprise mobile platforms. Enterprises should focus on mobile data protection (MDP), network access control (NAC), and mobile device management (MDM) tools to support their BYOD and new enterprise mobile platform efforts. These technology factors are essential to establish a standard mobile platform for enterprises, Gartner says. Many of the enterprises surveyed indicated that they provide technical support for personal devices — 32 percent of smartphones, 37 percent of tablets and 44 percent of laptops. However, the results around technical support varied significantly between regions, with 28 percent of respondents in non-BRIC countries receiving technical support for connecting personal devices versus 44 percent in BRIC countries. Gartner believes that BYOD is an inevitable requirement and recommends that a mobility strategy team should be established as part of the IT department for data management and control. In addition, enterprises should create a BYOD policy for balancing cost control and reimbursement. In terms of investment areas for enterprise mobility, the survey revealed that non-BRIC countries have achieved much progress in terms of data center modernization. As a result, when personal mobile devices are allowed to be used in the network and across data center infrastructure within the enterprise, businesses from non-BRIC countries indicated that they would need to invest in and improve their architecture in order to allow for the deployment of mobile devices. This is because non-BRIC countries are more interested in security and privacy regulation than BRIC countries. Investment in HVD adoption is slightly higher in BRIC countries, where 22 percent of respondents indicated they had already deployed HVDs, against 20 percent in non-BRIC countries. In terms of companies that have already implemented, are currently implementing or plan to implement HVDs in the next 12 months, 91 percent of BRIC countries will have transformed their traditional desktop PC client environment to HVD by 2013. In contrast, 67 percent of respondents in non-BRIC countries said the same. Additional information about the report is available on the company’s web site.
(Gartner, Inc.,408 468 8312, www.gartner.com.)
According to a new report by ABI Research, indoor location technologies are positioned to save the retail industry’s “burning platform,” bricks and mortar, with advances in customer analytics, store optimization, proximity advertising, couponing, and CRM. ABI Research’s report, “Indoor Location Technology,” released June 5 examines a variety of indoor location technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, audio, small cell/cellular, DAS, NFC and sensors across key vertical markets like airports, stadiums, food and grocery, dining/beverage, large retail and hotels. According to ABI, the Competition is vicious, with over 30 big name IC vendors, start-ups, carriers, handset OEMs, and infrastructure providers all fighting to win this space. While Google and other industry giants loom large, retailers will want to maintain control of in-store data, advertising, and CRM. As a result, start-ups and infrastructure providers will see significant success. Carriers will also have a role to play, particularly with the onset of small cells. ABI says the competition is emerging between handset-based and dedicated infrastructure-based approaches, but both have a role to play, depending on the application. ABI Research forecasts over 200,000 installations of infrastructure equipment by 2017, across Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc., with over 800 million branded application downloads. “Revenues will come from multiple sources, including advertising, infrastructure deployments/service fees, and application management. However, analytics is the area best placed for initial uptake, representing the path of least resistance. Long term, advertising will play a major part, with in-store offers/couponing representing over 40% of revenues in 2017,” said Patrick Connolly, ABI senior analyst. The report is a part of ABI Research’s Location Platforms and Enablers Research Service and additional information is available on their web site.
(ABI Research,516-624-2500, www.abiresearch.com.)
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