Connected Medical Devices: Analysis and Forecasts

This report analyzes the needs for adding networking support to medical devices for home monitoring and diagnostic solutions, probe industry drivers that will help shape the industry’s growth in the future, highlight advances in silicon and biomaterial technologies, and discuss key issues that device makers and solution enablers need to address in order to clear the way for fast consumer adoption. Finally the report will profile the emerging players in this market segment.

“Networked medical devices will help transform health care delivery in a big way,” said Harry Wang, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “As the industry is embarking is moving toward preventive care and home-based care solutions, networking technology has spurred unique applications and opened up new opportunities for the medical device industry.”

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The Bottom Line

1.0   Notes on Methodology

1.1 Methodology

1.2 Definitions

1.3 Scope of Report

2.0   Overview of Medical Devices for Home Care Monitoring

2.1 The Shift to Preventive Care and the Opportunity for Medical Devices

2.2 Market Demand for Connected Medical Monitoring Devices

2.3 Role of Service Providers in the Distribution of Medical Monitoring Devices

2.4 Role of Retail Channel in the Distribution of Medical Monitoring Devices

3.0   Technology Requirements

3.1 Biometric Algorithms and Biosensor Technologies

3.2 Networking Support and Communication Technologies

3.3 Software and Middleware

3.4 Industry Standardization Efforts

4.0   Key Device Categories and Features

4.1 Medical Devices for Diabetic Care

4.2 Medical Devices for Respiratory Care

4.3 Medical Devices for Cardiovascular Care

4.4 Wellness and Fitness Monitoring Devices

4.5 Choices of In-home Data Gateway

5.0   Key Industry Issues for the Connected Medical Monitoring Device Industry

5.1 The Impact of Reimbursement on Sales and Distribution

5.2 Regulatory and Legislative Environment

5.3 Clinician Acceptance and Consumer Compliance

5.4 Medical Liability

5.5 Summary of Industry Drivers and Barriers

6.0   Market Forecasts and Implications

6.1 Market Potential for Connected Medical Monitoring Devices

6.2 Market Implications and Recommendations

Resource Book

Section I: Background on Medical Device Industry in Major Developed Countries


European Union


United States

Section II: Networking Technology Overview


ZigBee (IEEE 802.15.4)

Universal Serial Bus (USB)

Wi-Fi® (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n)

Ultra-Wideband (IEEE 802.15.3a)

Near Field Communication (NFC)


Section III: Company Profiles

A&D Medical


Animas Corporation

BL Healthcare

Body Media Inc.

Boston Scientific

DexCom Inc.


eHIT Ltd

FitSense Technology


Instromedix (Card Guard)

Masimo Corporation




Nonin Medical


PHD Medical


St. Jude Medical




Market Segments for Connected Medical Devices
Medical Device Distribution
Mobile Service Providers’ Involvement in Connected Medical Applications
TV-based Telehealth Solutions and Initiatives
Retailers’ Retail Clinic Build-out
Summary of Advances in Medical Sensor Technology
Network Protocols for Connected Medical Devices
Leading Third-Party Software Developers for Connected Medical Device Industry
Standard Development Organizations for Health Monitoring Industry
Home Medical Devices for Diabetic Care Monitoring and Insulin Infusion
Continuous Glucose Tracking Technology and Hardware
Home Medical Devices for Respiratory Care
Comparison of Pulse Oximetry Technologies and Device Manufacturers
Comparison of Digital Peak Flow Meter Manufacturers
Overview of Medical Monitoring Devices for Cardiovascular Care
Blood Pressure Monitors and Digital Weight Scales for Cardiovascular Care
Cardiac Rhythm Management Services
Portable ECG Monitors and Cardiac Implantable Device Monitors
Wellness and Fitness Monitoring Devices
Choice of Home Health Data Gateways
Home Health Monitoring Gateway Equipment and Service Providers
Summary of Medical Devices and Their Sales and Distribution Channels
Summary of Industry Drivers and Barriers
Number of Users of Health/Fitness Monitoring Devices at Home (2007-2012)
U.S. Health/Fitness Monitoring Devices and Service Revenue (2007-2012)

Publish Date: 1Q 2008

Pages: 118

Authored By:
Harry Wang - Senior Director of Research

Authored by Harry Wang
Executive Editor: Tricia Parks
Published by Parks Associates

© January 2008 Parks Associates
Dallas, Texas 75230

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