Health Care Unplugged: The Evolving Role of Wireless Technology

Richard Adler, People & Technology

This report provides an overview of wireless technology in health care and how it is evolving, as well as the wide variety of wireless applications that are either already available or now under development.

November 2007

Wireless technology enables clinicians to monitor patients remotely and to give them timely health information, reminders, and support, potentially extending the reach of health care by making it available anywhere, anytime.

This 2007 report is based on interviews with more than two dozen researchers, clinicians, and application developers, and includes a review of a broad range of published papers and articles, web resources, and other materials. It provides an overview of who is using wireless technology and how it is evolving, as well as the wide variety of wireless health care applications that are already available or under development.

The impact these advances could have on providers, patients, and payers is also explored, as are the difficult issues that must still be resolved. The author concludes that the health care industry's appetite for wireless applications will likely depend more on systemic changes in the way medical services are delivered and reimbursed than on the capabilities of the technology itself.

The complete report is available under Document Downloads.