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Alere, Qualcomm and Preventice top remote patient management ranking

Iain Morris
July 30, 2014
Alere Connect, Qualcomm Life and Preventice have claimed the top three places in ABI’s latest ranking of remote patient management platforms.

The market-research player assesses remote patient monitoring platforms that are able to connect to wearable wireless-enabled healthcare devices, scoring platforms on the basis of innovation and implementation criteria.

ABI says the results of its matrix reflect the transition taking place in the market, with companies that scored highest on innovation doing less well in the implementation segment and vice versa as the market shifts from vertically integrated platforms and devices to more open platform offerings.

Qualcomm Life (San Diego, CA, USA) came first on innovation with a platform that, according to ABI, “looks to be a free-standing business and not an accessory to a single vendor wearable mobile health device”.

Qualcomm’s platform is said to typify many of the attributes that will increasingly drive acceptance and adoption of remote patient monitoring platforms.

Alere (Waltham, MA, USA) came second, boosted by its gateway support for a device from multiple vendors, while a smaller player called Vivify Health (Plano, TX, USA) came third because of additional features including support for videoconferencing.

When it came to implementation, Alere topped the rankings on the basis of subscriber growth, integration with a range of services and growing international reach.

It was followed by Preventice (Minneapolis, MN, USA), with Medtronic (Minneapolis, MN, USA) coming third.

“An important aspect of this competitive assessment was evaluating each vendor’s efforts and current ability to integrate a range of devices, applications and eco-system partners on their platform,” said Jonathan Collins, a principal analyst with ABI. “Remote patient management platforms will increasingly have to be flexible to draw in the largest possible number of end users and devices without the need for lengthy and expensive customization.”

“However, longevity and trusted credentials in the healthcare market will also play a factor and these aspects were carefully considered as well,” he added.
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