Industry Trend Analysis - Vodafone Will Leverage IoT Capabilities For Healthcare Applications - NOV 2017

BMI View: Within the Internet of Things (IoT), healthcare will remain one the biggest opportunities for cellular companies. This is exemplified by Vodafone, which will leverage its IoT network for an increasing num ber of healthcare applicat ions. We expect further partnerships between technology players capable of providing widespread co nnectivity and health technology com panies develop ing IoT solutions.

Vodafone claims that connected solutions based around the Internet of Things (IoT) will help people better adhere to their medical treatment programmes. The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that adherence for long term conditions such as hypertension, cancer and HIV stands at only around 50%. As a result, patients' chances of recovery and symptom relief are reduced. Better approaches to adherence have been estimated to bring half of the non-adherent population onside. [1]

According to the Vodafone white paper (supported by Bernard Vrijens, Professor in public health at the University of Liege, Belgium), bringing together smart devices, connectivity and the cloud, IoT can lead to more effective healthcare. It will encourage patients to follow their treatment programme more accurately by providing them with individualised information on their therapy. By encouraging them to continue with their full course of treatment, this approach could potentially save up to an estimated USD290bn in otherwise avoidable medical spending, in the US alone each year. [2]

Game Changer In The Long Term
Connected Devices (mn), 2015-2050
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