John Lynn’s review of last weeks Mobile Healthcare Expo in Las Vegas over at the EMR & HIPAA Forum offers an interesting quote from Scott Ellis, Business Development Manager of Telemedicine for T-Mobile:
“most mHealth applications work perfectly fine on 2G and don’t actually need the higher 3G and 4G speeds”
Whilst I’m going to be the last person to dismiss the opportunity for healthcare providers to realise the potential for SMS, Mobile Calls, Caller ID, etc, I’m very surprised that T-Mobile USA could be missing the mark so widely. Isn’t this statement about as nonsensical as a boss at BMW claiming that there’s no more need for them to build anymore cars because MOST people could actually get around on public transport?
Dear Scott Ellis: The business case for 3G has been proven time and again. Mobile operators the world over have reached the capacity of their 2G networks which were not designed for the amazing plefora of data, video and M2M services that healthcare providers can leverage today. Health IT providers have very stringent requirements for network security to ensure the safeguarding of their data and more advanced networks (like 3G) are required to satisfy these. Please meet me on our exhibition booth at the mHealth Summit in Washington (8-10 November) and I’ll give you completely free of charge a book (written by a Finn in 2002) that will educate you about the opportunity for profitable 3G services and I will show you how the lives of Patients and Doctors are being transformed through the use of 3G.
“It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries, who have the laws in their favour; and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had the actual experience of it”