LONDON, Sept. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Role of Mobile Computing Applications in Supporting Integrated Care in Western Europe : Assessing Market Opportunities for Smartphones, Tablet Computers and Smart Wearables in the Integrated Care Environment
Ageing demographics, chronic long-term conditions and rising healthcare cost have driven the demand for integrated care. Although the adoption of integrated care has traditionally been low in healthcare community, this is due to health system fragmentation, lack of connectivity, and lack of reimbursements from governments. With the objective of controlling healthcare spending and reducing patient readmission, major Western European economies are embracing Integrated Care as an alternative. Integrated care initiatives have certainly created the necessity for healthcare IT and mobile computing solutions in the healthcare infrastructure to increase work efficiency at integrated care facilities. Mobile health (mHealth), eCharting and observations, and telehealth are the key market trends in the integrated care environment. From the healthcare provider's perspective, mobile device management (MDM) and bring your own device (BYOD) are gaining prominence. The ability to access patient health records using mobile and tablet devices has generated significant interest from providers that seek to implement mobile technologies in integrated care settings.
Market Summary—Western Europe
Leading Chronic Diseases
- Diabetes and cardiovascular diseases incur a sizeable healthcare expenditure in the country.
- Diabetes, cancer care, dementia and mental illness have been prioritized by governments to be included into integrated care programs.
- Aging population, chronic and long-term conditions pose a key challenge to Europe.
Integrated Care Status
-Western European Integrated Care Pathways
- UK is leading the way forward by launching various care model-like vanguards. The NHS has introduced several initiatives with primary focus on five-year forward-view plan and vertical integration of numerous health and care
- As Netherlands is an early adopter, the bundled payment system introduced by the government has encouraged GPs and care providers to adopt integrated care for diabetes, dementia and a few other long-term conditions.
Market Drivers and Restraints
- Proven reduction in readmissions across the system and shorter waiting time
- Improved system performance at no additional cost but with increased quality
Fragmented health system and lack of connectivity and interoperability
- Lack of reimbursements and budget constraints
Unmet Customer Needs
-Lack of integrated platforms for effective healthcare data exchange in the integrated care network
- Lack of information and guidance on which would be appropriate health management tools and platforms
- Non-optimized applications restraining mobile usage during clinical interventions
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