Wireless Carriers to Cash in with Stimulus Money Linking Health Networks
Posted May 27 2009 10:50pm
When you stop and think about it, mobility is the calling, along with interconnectivity. We have only begun to touch the Wi-Fi world in healthcare.What is also helping is the ability of devices now to connect with Bluetooth, so the information can be beamed up. For our social needs we now have Facebook on mobile phones.
Those are just a few past posts that clearly show we are definitely moving in the wireless direction – fast. Are you still just using your cell phone for phone calls? BD
The $6.8 billion in wirelesscommunications upgrades and new deployments from the U.S. stimulus bill contains "potential goldmines," according to a report released Tuesday by ABI Research. A mix of Wi-Fi-enabled mobile devices, sensors, and communications systems will link health networks, while in education, providers will promote a brace of opportunities, a new report says.
The market research firm predicts wireless equipment vendors will reap significant benefits from the stimulus bill, officially called the American Recovery and Reinvestment ACT (ARRA), and the benefits will flow out beyond infrastructure providers to aid specific vertical industries.
In health care, ABI predicts a mix of Wi-Fi-enabled mobile devices, sensors, and communications systems willlinkhealth networks, while in education, providers will promote a brace of opportunities, including wireless LANs for "learning anywhere," voice over Wi-Fi, and other equipment andsoftwareto track "No Child Left Behind" record keeping.
"Many of the pending opportunities lie 'under the surface,' " said Schatt. "A civil engineering project which seems mainly about concrete and steel may actually benefit from a lot of wireless technology. And because vendors can't apply for funds themselves, they are -- and should be -- doing everything in their power to help their customers do so."