More from the American Telemedicine Association conference, by James Barlow.
A tour of the cavernous exhibition hall at the Austin Convention Center and a rigorous back of envelope analysis of the catalogue reveals where the corporate action is: of the 229 or so exhibitors, the runaway top health condition targeted by companies is (surprisingly?) mental health, with 34 exhibitors. Cardiology, diabetes and the other conditions forming the basis of remote care trials around the world all make an appearance, along with other familiar tele-applications.
The 2013 Exhibitors League Table:
Mental health and telepsychiatry (34 exhibitors)
Paediatric telehealth (16)
Diabetes management (15)
Telehospice / palliative care (4)
‘Infectious disease management’ (2)
And by application? Home healthcare (63 exhibitors) beats mHealth (49) – well served with its own conference circuit – with ‘remote monitoring'(48) and ‘videoconferencing’ (36) hot on their heels.