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Can Wireless Technologies Rescue U.S. Hospitals?

NEW YORK, May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The number of U.S. hospitals has decreased by 20% in the last 30 years, from over 7,000 in 1975 to 5,747 in 2007. Meanwhile, staff shortages, shortfalls in Medicare reimbursements, non-paying patients, increases in medical errors, and rising administrative and energy costs are squeezing hospitals. To counter these challenges, streamline processes and reduce costs, hospitals are increasingly turning to the use of wireless technologies.

According to a new report by Kalorama Information, Wireless in Healthcare 2008 (The Market for Bluetooth, RFID, Zigbee, UWB WWAN, WMAN, WLAN and other technologies), the use of wireless technologies in healthcare continues to expand with hospitals leading the way. Wireless sales in healthcare reached $2.7 billion in 2007, growing at 22.9% annually since 2005. Kalorama expects continued strong growth with a CAGR of 29.5% resulting in sales of $9.6 billion by 2012.

The clinical environment is highly mobile -- medical personnel need fast information they can act on. A shortage of nurses and physicians creates pressure on hospitals to use staff more productively. Implementing WPAN-enabled PDA units, RFID wands, and other wireless technologies will help fewer nurses and doctors serve a growing number of patients in a more effective and efficient manner, while reducing errors and costs.

"It's no surprise that hospitals are earmarking large portions of current and future budgets to wireless development," notes Bruce Carlson, Publisher of Kalorama Information. "In 2003, 25% of US hospitals had wireless. That figure will be somewhere between 80% and 90% in 2010."

Approximately 72% of all healthcare organizations in the U.S. increased their IT budgets between 2006 and 2007, while 67% did so in 2005 and 60% in 2004.

Kalorama Information's report Wireless in Healthcare 2008 (The Market for Bluetooth, RFID, Zigbee, UWB WWAN, WMAN, WLAN and other technologies) details the latest wireless trends in the healthcare market, an area ripe for growth. It includes market size, forecasts through 2012, product reviews, company profiles and eight case studies of wireless technologies in action. The report can be purchased directly from Kalorama Information by visiting .

About Kalorama Information

Kalorama Information supplies the latest in independent market research in the life sciences, as well as a full range of custom research services. Kalorama routinely assists media with healthcare topics, and can provide experts to speak about markets in the life sciences industry. For more information, contact Andrea Hiller at 212-807-2673 or, or visit

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