Health industry to invest more in wi-fi across next five years

Increasing use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers has prompted the health care industry to invest more in its Wi-Fi infrastructure, according to a new report from ABI Research, Fierce Broadband Wireless reports. Wi-Fi is being used in the industry to: support verbal communication and real-time location technology; track hand washing and other personal hygiene practices in hospitals; enable mobile health monitoring through medical body area networks; and support devices that manage chronic conditions and track fitness goals. Major vendors developing Wi-Fi infrastructure for the health industry include: Aruba and Cisco Systems and Motorola. According to the report, the health care Wi-Fi market will grow into a $1.3 billion industry in the next five years as more consumer devices connect to Wi-Fi networks.


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