Breakthrough innovations in Mobile Technology and Data Communication take a front row position in the MedTech arena. Wearable sensors, mobile medical devices, remote monitoring and access to information open up new avenues in providing health care.
However, it also leads to outsourcing to third party providers of patient monitoring, alerting and clinical decision-support.
Independent service providers, established MedTech suppliers and reference centers, initiate a range of ‘clinical service’ concepts to address the growing interest from hospitals and other care providers. In Europe, the outsourcing context is quite complex and differs from country to country.
Legal barriers, reimbursement modalities and the nature of the doctor (hospital) – patient relationship stand head-to-head with a growing interest for new operating models dealing with the cost of care, understaffing, waiting list, etc.
Different care models, public versus private and smaller medical units versus large reference centers reveal different scenarios and requirements for the outsourcing of clinical services.
Nonetheless, it is a fact that many MedTech companies have a lively interest in mobile health technology and to develop a position in the field of outsourcing. It is an open secret that at least a couple of large suppliers intend to migrate to a service provider model.
TforG’s team of global market analysts have contributed to this whitepaper based on the particular global dynamics of this relatively new industry.