February 06, 2012 07:08 ET

Market Research Estimates Healthcare Handheld Devices Market at $11 Billion

ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - Feb 6, 2012) - has announced the addition of the new report "Handhelds in Healthcare: Markets for Smartphones, Tablet PCs, PDAs, Monitors & Scanners" to their collection of Healthcare market reports. For more information, visit

A desire to deliver better care and make healthcare workers more productive, as well as the incentives and mandates for EMR usage, has made handhelds ubiquitous in healthcare worldwide. Increasingly healthcare providers are using devices that can provide information and allow them to research, communicate and order services on a mobile basis.

Handheld patient monitoring devices include a wide range of products which provide the benefits of diagnosing, consulting, monitoring and treating patients. Handheld administrative devices include products to streamline healthcare workflow and improve efficiency-patient care. Namely these products include PDAs, tablet PCs and inventory/medication scanners.

The total market for handheld devices in healthcare reached $11 billion globally in 2011, reflecting an annual increase of 11.1% since 2007. Several factors are driving the growth of this market including a growing and aging population, shortage of qualified medical professionals, cost restraints, medical error reduction measures, government incentives, expanding capabilities of devices, off-site medical care and more.

Patient monitoring devices have historically accounted for the largest share of sales in the handheld market largely due to the range of product availability, number of conditions requiring monitoring, and increasing demand for essential monitoring products in portable sizes, such as ultrasound and ECG. However, this is changing with the growing applications and capabilities of tablet PCs.

This report focuses on two primary segments:

Patient Monitoring Devices, including:

  • Blood pressure devices
  • Pulse oximeters
  • ECG/EKG monitors
  • Ultrasound
  • Diabetes insulin monitors
  • Prothrombin time monitors
  • TENS
  • Fetal heart monitors

Administrative Devices, including:

  • Smartphones and PDAs
  • Tablet PCs
  • Inventory/Medication Management Scanners

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