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The drumbeat for increased applications for telehealth seems to be getting louder by the day. Almost simultaneously, a market research firm issued an aggressive forecast for the mobile health applications market, while industry groups called upon Congress to clear away obstacles to further integration of telehealth systems, products and services into the nation’s health care system.

The market research firm, Visiongain, forecast a $6.7 billion (sales) marketplace for mobile health apps by the end of 2014. Visiongain supported the figure by stating that various forces were driving a more rapid growth in telemedicine than had been experienced in the past. The lobbying initiative by health care industry associations, vendors and a health care system seemed to signal that the time may be here for telemedicine to make a quantum leap forward.

Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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