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Connected care users to number 13.7 million by 2019: Berg

Iain Morris
October 30, 2014
The number of Europeans using connected care solutions will grow from around 4.7 million at the end of 2013 to some 13.7 million in 2019, according to the latest research from Berg Insight.

The projection includes users of traditional telecare, next-generation telecare and telehealth solutions in European Union countries.

Traditional telecare is currently the largest and most mature of the three market segments, said Berg, while next-generation telecare and telehealth are about to witness a surge in growth that will last “for many years to come”.

Indeed, the market-research company reckons the European connected care industry is facing major changes that will dramatically reshape the competitive environment for solutions vendors and service providers.

A key development will be the digitalization of telephone networks, which has already started in a number of countries.

According to Berg, a lot of telecare equipment will need replacing because analog devices will stop functioning reliably when PSTN infrastructure is modernized.

The market is also opening up to new types of solutions that can advance the delivery of care to the next level.

That includes next-generation telecare systems supporting functionalities like remote visits and video communications.

“There is a strong need for solutions that enable social care and healthcare services to be delivered more cost-efficiently without compromising the quality of care,” said Lars Kurkinen, a senior analyst with Berg.

According to Kurkinen, that need will grow stronger as the European population ages and chronic disease becomes more prevalent.
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