Industry Trend Analysis - Opportunities To Increase For Investment In Mobile Phone-Based Disease Surveillance - DEC 2017

BMI View : While the most basic of mobile phones can offer a workable disease surveillance service, lack of access to sufficient telecoms network infrastructure remains a barrier to the use of this type of telecare in more remote parts of the world. Nevertheless, the speed of transmitting information and synthesising data for improving healthcare responses makes disease surveillance a highly significant pillar of the telecare universe.

Characterised by significant communicable disease burdens and inefficient healthcare services, emerging markets will continue to generate demand for telecare services such as disease surveillance. Disease surveillance telecare services use remote communication technology as a way to rapidly assess the real-time development of a disease outbreak. This allows for a means of assessment when an outbreak occurs and a more efficient and effective allocation of resources to those most in need.

While disease surveillance can make use of smart devices and mobile data networks, its greatest advantage is that the most basic handset and limited mobile network can be leveraged to generate a rudimentary disease surveillance programme. Although not likely to be a product that will generate significant income for any telecoms operators, companies can work with and form partnerships with governments to boost surveillance coverage, as was seen during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa over 2014 and 2015. Companies such as IBM, Facebook, Twitter and mobile operator Airtel offered free services or platforms to speed the access to advice and reporting of key information.

Inefficient Healthcare Services To Generate The Demand For Disease Surveillance Telecare Services
Disease Surveillance: Markets For Investment
Source: BMI Research

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