GE Healthcare, a major player in the medical imaging and clinical information systems market, recently announced a partnership with Intel to develop home healthcare products. (see http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aCbAm07nbwHs&refer=us for details). According to the Bloomberg article, “the home health-care market is forecast to outpace growth in the hopital buisness” and cited slow growth in the U.S. imaging equipment market as one reason for GE’s move.
GE’s decision to partner with Intel comes on the heels of IBM’s announcement that is working with Google Health to explore how to get data from home monitoring equipment into Google Health. Clearly, with this much investment by large players, there is growth in the home healthcare and related Consumer eHealth markets. As the growth in the more traditional hospital markets slows, major players will turn their attention to growth markets such as EMRs (on the order of 80% of North American physicians don’t have an EMR in their office) and consumer eHealth.