MHealth: Mobile technology brings healthcare home

Nativo Mira Esplugues has had knee replacement surgery.

Instead of having to go to the hospital on a daily basis for physiotherapy, he is doing it at home, using a remote monitoring terminal that works using mobile phone technology.

The technology has been developed by Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica.

An ageing - and expanding - population is presenting health care providers and governments with a budgetary crisis. In Europe around 7% of GDP is spent on healthcare, and in the US that figure rises to 15%.

Telecoms companies are also facing challenging times, with traditional markets reaching saturation, forcing them to explore other revenue streams. Vodafone, Orange, AT&T Wireless, Turkey's Avea, and Japan's NTT DoCoMo are all investing in mobile healthcare.

Companies are queuing up to grab a slice of the mobile healthcare market.

Fiona Graham reports.

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