Telemedicine and mHealth makes use of telecommunication and information technology for providing clinical healthcare Information from distance. This has helped to provide healthcare services to distant rural places. While, mHealth provides health related services using mobile communication technology. Hence, conjunction of both these fields is aiding patients as well as physicians to track their documents and health records regularly. This has been witnessed in the healthcare industry as patients are now seeking to use push to talk devices in telemonitoring situations wherein the sensor data gets transmitted to a common facility thus boosting the patient population to become more accountable for their own health and care delivery. The push talk devices are considered to be more robust as compared to ordinary smart phones.
Moreover, rise in cost of hospital stays, insurance coverage and healthcare cost cuts has boosted the growth of these devices. Hospitals, patients and physicians need to mandatory update the healthcare repository of their patients which incurs additional costs hence all these features have led to rise in demand of push to talk devices. Certain companies are introducing enhanced instant communications technology of telemedicine and mHealth to enhance the emergency response times. Also these organizations are now collaborating with various healthcare institutes and hospitals, mobile healthcare services and the emergency response teams. Also various networks such as 4G, LTE, 4G HSPA and 3G are being used for faster connectivity and quick response.
Rise in geriatric population and chronic diseases has triggered the demand for these devices and hence timely interventions through these technologies may significantly help in addressing the lifestyle issues. Also, growing use of smart phone systems is also driving the growth of PTT devices market.
Kyocera is the market leader in telemedicine and mHealth push to talk devices or phones. While, others companies are forming strategic alliances to make their presence in this market. For instance, Honeywell and Samsung have recently collaborated to offer push to talk devices through generic smart phones.
Lara Thomas (2015). Coverage Globe Telecommunication of Telemedicine and mHealth Med Tech Collective