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Mobile Health

What is telemed?

Telemed (also known as mHealth or mobile health) is essentially the industry at the juncture between telecommunications, consumer electronics and medicine. Its growth is directly related to the proliferation of the smartphone; today there are around 2.6 billion smartphone subscriptions globally and that is expected to grow to 6.1 billion by 2020. This movement, paired with device developers aiming to transform how we manage our health, is enabling medical and health services and procedures to be delivered outside of the traditional medical or hospital setting.


How does PDT fit in?

PDT’s twenty year heritage lies in telecommunications product design and development, as well as life sciences and consumer electronics development. We have worked with clients at the cutting edge of product innovation for solutions that capture data, communicate wirelessly, integrate with other devices, create a more efficient workflow and more.

Wireless Technology Standards: Data Rate vs. Range

Four Avenues for Leveraging a Smartphone in Your Product Solution

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PDT Joins Chicago Tech Community "Array of Things"

Product Development Technologies joins a working collaboration, including many Chicago tech community members, to help bring the urban data sensor project, "Array of things," to life.

How we tackle Telemed

Wireless Development Challenges

1.    Choose the right mobile platform

Android & iOS have a combined marketshare of 85-95%

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Windows, Tizen, and Firefox OS are among the 5-15% remainder in the market.

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Android vs. iOS: How do you develop an app intended for more than one operating system?

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Option 1:


Choose one platform and debut first

   + allows for user feedback

   + can work out bugs in advance

   - second app is delayed

Option 2:


Design parallel in both platforms

   + both apps are released at the same time

   - time consuming


Choose the best wireless connectivity for your application



Available in nearly all smartphones/tablets

Low power (esp. with BLE-Bluetooth Low Energy)

More vendor offerings compared to ANT+



Requires pairing process

Low data rate (3Mbit/s classic, 1Mbit/s BLE)

BLE devices don't interoperate with classical Bluetooth devices (however dual-mode devices are available)



Low power, low data rate applications

Point-to-point communication




Simpler protocol than BLE

Low power

Multiple topologies supported (point-to-point star, tree, mesh)



Low data rate (1Mbit/s)

Not as many vendor offerings as Bluetooth



Low power, low data rate applications

Sports and fitness fields

Performance and health monitoring



Simple setup - doesn't require pairing

Extremely low power



Short communication range (<20 cm)

Low data rate (106kbit/s to 424 kbit/s)



NFC can be used to setup more capable wireless connections such as Bluetooth or WiFi Direct

Mobile payments

Patient confirmation/data



High speed data transfer (over 1Gbit/s)

Longer communication distance (~100m)



High power consumption

Relatively expensive implementation



Internet access

4.    Consider these questions:

Who will be using your solution and what stakeholders will need what information? In what form?

How much time do you have to develop the solution?

Does it have to work with existing components?

What does your IP cover?

Do you need automated input to verify compliance?

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Related Case Studies

Related Trend Reports

mHealth Topics in the News

The mHealth (Mobile Healthcare) Ecosystem: 2015-2014- Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts

Reportbuyer, a leading industry intelligence solution that provides all market research reports from top publishers, has made available a valuable report from SNS Research on mHealth (Mobile Health) trends, technologies and forecasts. According to a press release, driven by the thriving ecosystem, SNS Research estimates that the mHealth market will account for nearly $18 Billion in 2016 alone.

Read the press release >



The Digital Health Summit at CES

7 years ago, PDT attended the first ever Digital Health Summit at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The event continues in 2016, where leaders in a broad range of industries, all with the common goal of moving digital health forward, talk about the future of this industry.

Learn more about the event >


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