First Responders: improving care delivery with connected patient data

16 February 2016
Report type: Application Spotlight
Author(s): Andy Castonguay
Keywords: M2M, machine-to-machine, IoT, Internet of Things, health, 4G network, 12-lead ECG, ambulances, Android, blood pressure monitoring, clinicians, defibrillator, connected equipment, electronic health records, first responder, first response vehicle, hospitals, IoT, Internet of Things, M2M, medical, machine-to-machine, patient monitoring, pulse oximeter, regulation, remote diagnostics, response times, smart glasses, telemedicine, TETRA, waveforms
Companies: Airwave, Autonet Mobile, EE, Epson, Evena Medical, Feeney Wireless, Goodmill Systems, Kellogg, Brown and Root, LifeBot, Medusa Medical Technologies, Motorola Solutions, Panasonic, Philips
Number of Pages: 8

The first responder application consists of adding connectivity to equipment in ambulances and other medical first response vehicles so that they can communicate more effectively with hospital systems and the wider medical community. Doing so has clear benefits: readings and information relating to patient condition, location and expected arrival time can be communicated to the destination hospital so that it can be better prepared for the arrival of a patient, for example ensuring that appropriate equipment and experts are on hand. Such information also offers the potential to get a second expert opinion quickly in difficult, or complicated, cases. With the advent of 4G connectivity, the range of applications that are viable for use with connected equipment for ambulances has expanded considerably to include HD video, high quality still photography as well as detailed real-time patient information that can assist with remote diagnosis and treatment while en-route to and then at the receiving medical facility. First responder IoT connected solutions include devices that are built-in to vehicles as well as equipment that is vehicle based but which can be moved from vehicle to vehicle. Here we focus primarily on vehicle-based (or shared) connected equipment, rather than handheld, or tablet, devices that individual medical staff may carry (since the latter are classed as mobile broadband, rather than IoT).

This Application Spotlight provides a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the IoT market related to First Responder Connectivity in a healthcare context (e.g. ambulances). It provides a definition, description, analysis of drivers and barrier, and high level forecasts for growth in connections, technology split and revenue opportunity.

For a full set of country-by-country forecasts, refer to the IoT Forecast Database.

Keywords: M2M, machine-to-machine, IoT, Internet of Things, health, 4G network, 12-lead ECG, ambulances, Android, blood pressure monitoring, clinicians, defibrillator, connected equipment, electronic health records, first responder, first response vehicle, hospitals, IoT, Internet of Things, M2M, medical, machine-to-machine, patient monitoring, pulse oximeter, regulation, remote diagnostics, response times, smart glasses, telemedicine, TETRA, waveforms

Companies covered in this report: Airwave, Autonet Mobile, EE, Epson, Evena Medical, Feeney Wireless, Goodmill Systems, Kellogg, Brown and Root, LifeBot, Medusa Medical Technologies, Motorola Solutions, Panasonic, Philips

8 pages

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