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Nurse Call Systems Market Overview
The global nurse call systems market is projected to attain significant growth during the forecast period mainly due to the increasing geriatric population. In terms of type of instrument, the market is expected to be led by integrated communication nurse call systems, as they are highly useful and efficient in healthcare communication, when compared to button, mobile and intercom systems. Whereas, the market for mobile systems is expected to exhibit the highest growth owing to the increasing demand for mobility solutions.
Based on the technology used in these systems, these can be either wired or wireless. The low cost of wired systems, faster speed of transmission in wired communication systems, and various government regulations mandating wired infrastructure in acute care settings are the factors fueling the market growth of wired nurse call systems. These systems find application in emergency medical alarms and in services such as wanderer control and workflow support. Emergency medical alarms are expected to continue holding the largest share in the nurse call systems market in the coming years, because of various product launches in this category.
On the basis of end user nurse call systems market has been categorized into hospitals; assisted living centers and nursing homes; clinics and physician offices; ambulatory service centers; and others. During the forecast period, hospitals are expected to witness the fastest growth in demand in the nurse call systems market, mainly attributable to the increasing geriatric population, growing number of private and public hospitals (especially in emerging economies), rising need for effective healthcare communication, and increasing adoption of advanced solutions to achieve enhanced clinical workflow.
North America is estimated to be the largest revenue generator in the global nurse call systems market in 2017, because of high investments in the healthcare IT system, strict regulations pertaining to healthcare communication, changes in reimbursement coverage policies, and increased funding from the government to equip hospitals with these technology-driven systems. However, during the forecast period, Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth in the market, because of the increasing interest of industry players to operate in the emerging economies, improving healthcare infrastructure, and growing number of patients in outpatient clinics and acute care nursing homes.
Nurse Call Systems Market Dynamics
Key trends observed in the nurse call systems industry are the integration of nurse call systems in wireless phones, advancements in technology, interoperable designs of these systems, and increasing enrollment of nurses in the healthcare industry.
Some of the major factors contributing to the growth of the nurse call systems industry are rising geriatric population, mounting prevalence of chronic diseases, increasing healthcare expenditure and insurance coverage, growing investments in healthcare, ongoing technological advancements and product developments, and easy availability of data through these systems for key healthcare personnel and other departments.
According to a report by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) on the global geriatric population, the population of the people aged 60 years or above is growing at a high rate. The number of people aged 60 years or over is projected to grow by 56.0%, globally, i.e. from 901 million in 2015 to 1.4 billion by 2030, and it is projected to more than double its size of 2015 to reach 2.1 billion by 2050. This spur in the aging population indicates a rise in the prevalence of diseases, which, in turn, is expected to support the growth of the nurse call systems market.
The nurse call systems industry is providing enormous opportunities for the new players to expand, owing to the growing infrastructure in the emerging Asian countries and increasing development of complete nurse call system solutions.
Nurse Call Systems Market Competitive Landscape
The growing number of product launches by key players in the market is driving the growth of the nurse call systems market. For instance, in May 2017, Hill-Rom Holdings Inc. launched the Hill-Rom 900 Accella bed system for high-acuity patients in intensive and acute care settings. Upon its launch, Hill-Rom's new bed system was made available in select markets outside the U.S. The bed system is meant for high-acuity settings, given its intuitive bed controls and productivity enhancements that afford increased caregiver time with patients and improved patient satisfaction.
Some of the other key players in the industry are Ascom Holding AG, Courtney Thorne Ltd., Honeywell International Inc., AMETEK Inc., Siemens AG, Schrack Seconet AG, Azure Healthcare Limited, Cornell Communications Inc., and Intercall Systems Inc.