According to a report by market research firm Markets and Markets, the global nurse call systems market is expected to reach US$1.75 billion by 2021, up from US$1.12 billion in 2016, with a CAGR of 9.3%. Additionally, the integrated communication systems segment is expected to account for the largest market share in 2016, driven by new product launches and an increased number of hospitals adopting nurse call systems.
In addition to hospitals, assisted living centers, nursing homes, and ambulatory service centers are potential users of integrated digitalized nurse call systems. The market is also expected to experience high growth due to the increasing geriatric population across the world.
As observed by Austco, abilities for integration and interoperability with other healthcare systems, centralized answering and reporting, and expansion are important market trends for nurse call systems.
IP technology, which is based on open standard network protocols, ensures the long-term benefits of a nurse call system because of its high scalability. Users can easily add additional devices and applications to systems with “plug-and-play” functionality and incorporate newly emerged technologies into existing infrastructure with seamless backward and forward compatibility, thereby minimizing overlapped investment and maximizing ROI.
“At Austco, we believe that healthcare facilities must invest in technology that provides long-term benefits, such as integration with future technologies and communication methods. Today’s IP-based nurse call systems are part of an interoperable healthcare system, which enables cost-effective future proofing for healthcare organizations,” Thomas McCrorie commented.
“Austco’s Tacera nurse call system is an IP-based communication system that comprises fully IP-configurable components to enable real-time healthcare communication from the time of admission to discharge. This results in measurable improvements to patients’ experience and quality of care.”
With ever-growing aging populations, many countries are facing increased medical care needs, nurse shortages, and financial constraints. In the United States, approximately 55% of all registered nurses are predicted to retire between 2011 and 2020. New technologies enabling automated procedures and intelligent functions are expected to help resolve or alleviate problems such as manpower shortages and nurse fatigue while improving medical care quality and outcomes.
In response to trends in the intelligent healthcare, Advantech has developed dedicated IT products certified to relevant safety and security standards (CE, FCC, CCC, CB, ITE UL, EN 60950 & EN 60601-1 approved) for application in clinical environments. Advantech has tried to strike a balance between performances, functionality, and cost with its healthcare IT products in order to empower healthcare institutes with new technologies that improve healthcare, while still offering affordable, future-proof solutions.