Press Release

Handheld Devices Sales in Healthcare Projected to Climb 7% Over Next 5 Years


July 16th, 2010

Global Information Inc. would like to present a new market research report, "Handhelds in Healthcare: The World Market for PDAs, Tablet PCs, Handheld Monitors & Scanners" by Kalorama Information.

Rise of Handheld Devices in Healthcare to be Driven by EMR Incentives

According to a new report from Kalorama Information, "Stimulus incentives designed to spur hospitals and physicians to use EMR systems are among several factors that will drive growth of handheld devices in healthcare." In 2009, total sales of handheld devices for healthcare use reached approximately $8.2 billion worldwide. As physicians and hospitals acquire new IT systems over the next five years, the aforementioned sales number is forecasted to increase by 7 percent. According to Bruce Carlson, Publisher of Kalorama Information, "The ARRA incentives for electronic medical records do not specifically reimburse doctors for devices... But they are getting healthcare organizations to think about IT purchases, and they are helping to make the argument for better electronic data entry, something that we think will lead to increased sales for devices used to enter data."

Other key factors that will drive growth in this market:

  • A growing and aging population
  • Cost restraints
  • Proclivity of nurses and doctors to use handheld devices
  • Shortage of qualified medical professionals
  • Medical error reduction measures
  • Technological advances
  • Continued benefits provided by handheld devices in healthcare

Top companies supplying handheld devices to healthcare facilities:

  • Research in Motion
  • GE Healthcare
  • Global Media
  • Medtronic
  • Omron
  • Siemens Healthcare
  • Socket Mobile, Inc.
  • Welch Allyn


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