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February 02, 2011 10:02 ET

Parks Associates Forecasts U.S. Digital Health Industry to Triple in Total Revenues by 2015

Mobile Technologies Motivate Growth in Digital Health

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - February 2, 2011) - U.S. revenues from digital health technology-enabled solutions and services will exceed $5.7 billion in 2015, fueled by chronic-care monitoring solutions, senior aging-in-place services, and connected wellness and fitness apps and programs, a new industry report from Parks Associates forecasts.

According to "Delivering Quality Care to the Digital Home: 2010 Update," industry revenues in 2010 hit $1.7 billion, and the projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the next five years will be 27%. Mobile broadband will be a key growth driver as many emerging health devices and services rely on high-speed connectivity to track vital signs or enable interactive features.

"The digital health industry has many subsectors, and near-term growth will be uneven across these segments," said Harry Wang, director of Parks Associates' health research team. "Adoption of chronic-care monitoring will grow slowly, and medication management and senior fall-detection programs will expand at above-average rates. The real engines of growth will be mobile care solutions and tracking applications."

For example, CES 2011 featured a "Fitness TechZone" showcasing digital innovations such as mobile apps designed to promote healthy living. In 2010, Philips introduced its consumer-focused DirectLife service, which includes an Activity Monitor that tracks a user's physical activity and helps with fitness and wellness management.

Wang is optimistic about the digital health industry but notes the political impasse over the new healthcare law could create challenges for healthcare technologies and business models. "To move forward, this industry needs smart entrepreneurs and visionary industry leaders and a regulatory and reimbursement system amenable to innovative, effective, and cost-saving technology advances."

"Delivering Quality Care to the Digital Home: 2010 Update" provides a detailed breakdown of individual market segments by users and revenues. For information, visit or contact 972-490-1113,

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