Vendors have been partnering with or purchasing companies to secure their spot in the mHealth market, but increasingly they are working with healthcare organizations such as the Mayo Clinic and Meridian Health to develop healthcare apps. The telehealth industry has also seen a flurry of partnership and acquisition activity.
Remote radiology was one of the earliest examples of telehealth; remote or e-visits and remote or e-ICUs soon followed. A more recent trend toward remote surgery will also drive growth in the market, according to the report. "With the advent of advanced surgical techniques like Tele-surgery and robotic surgery, demand for image processing software and equipment is increasing," the report states.
"Moreover, for finer movements in surgeries, surgeons are provided with 3D glasses. In the future, sufficient bandwidth will be required to minimize the lag time in the audio-visual simulation in advanced surgical methods through tele-surgery."