The aim of this study is to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the market potential for telemedicine services using satellite with identification of opportunities and threats and specific insight on the regulatory barriers.
This last years several trials and pilot projects showed that satellite offers an appropriate and favourable solution for a lot of telemedicine applications and services, such as:
- Broadband / Highly Interactive Applications;
- Emergency Consultation;
- Clinical Research; - Access to Patient Multimedia Data Base;
- e-Learning and Continuing Medical Education.
Satellite technologies and telecommunications have capabilities that satisfy the specific communication requirements of a telemedicine network such as ubiquity and distance independence, easy deployment, immediate connectivity, interactivity, adequate bitrate, security, etc.
However, the commercialisation of the telemedicine services has not yet reached maturity. A number of important issues such as absence of a specific regulatory framework, lack of common standards and norms etc. are still hindering the commercialisation process of tele-medicine services. As a result, a potentially large market (in Europe only, there are around 800,000 doctors, 160,000 dentists, 200,000 pharmacies and 25,000 hospitals) has not yet fostered telemedicine as a new method of work.
This study is aiming at providing a clear understanding of the potential telemedicine via satellite business development by: identifying the more relevant services and applications, analysing and modelling the service value chains, performing market assessment and costs analysis to evaluate the competitiveness of the satellite solutions as regards alternative means and the added-value of telemedicine services as regards traditional health care models, identifying the regulatory frameworks and potential barriers, etc.