Orange in m-health push

Operator group Orange, through its healthcare services subsidiary Almerys has created a mobile identity management system for the healthcare sector. The firm partnered with identity management solutions Morpho as it extends its existing health card solution portfolio.

Telefónica eyes e-health opportunity with Brazilian acquisition

Spanish operator group Telefónica is looking to explore the opportunities in the e-health sector by acquiring a controlling stake in Brazilian chronic care management provider Axismed. The operator has made the acquisition via its digital innovation arm Telefónica Digital, and said that the deal , will enable it to accelerate the development of a complete end-to-end service proposition in the fast growing Brazilian e-health market.

Disappointing results from world’s largest telehealth trial

In a blow to operators’ ambitions for the telehealth market, results from the world’s largest randomised trial have cast doubt on the cost benefits of managing long-term conditions at home. The UK’s Whole System Demonstrator (WSD) program monitored the progress of 3,230 people with diabetes, pulmonary disease or heart failure over the course of 12 months from 2008-9. In the first of five peer-reviewed evaluations just published, academics from the Nuffield Trust and eight universities conclude that the reduction in hospital admission costs is “not significant”.

Vodafone sells 5.5% of Indian operation to healthcare provider

International carrier Vodafone has sold 5.5 per cent of Indian operation Vodafone Essar to Indian medical services provider Piramal Healthcare for $640m. Vodafone is required to divest the stake to bring it back below the 74 percent ownership threshold, which is the Indian limit for foreign investment within a company. In July Vodafone acquired Essar’s holding in the operation, taking it beyond that threshold.

Telefónica launches e-health initiative

Demonstrating the growing importance of the healthcare sector in the operator community, Spain-based Telefónica on Tuesday launched a global e-health unit tasked with the decentralisation of clinical processes and ubiquitous and remote access to these services.

Healthy opportunities in the m-health sector

Opportunities in the global mobile healthcare market are estimated to be worth between $50bn and $60bn in 2010, prompting operators to step up their initiatives in this emerging sector.

Working towards mAfrica

M-health is set to take a considerable slice of the US medical device and pharma markets. Europe is eyeing the market, too. But to determine the adaptability of the concept in local context, Africa could well provide a good example.


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