Unlike other nursing technologies that have made great strides over the decades, nurse call systems have largely remained the same since their inception in 1860. However, recent technological advancements have resulted in a leap from primitive nurse call system to sophisticated wireless nurse call system. From its simplistic model that involved a bedside button for the patient to summon the nurse, technology is revolutionizing the way patient care functions to match with the times.
With information and communication technology forming an integral part of healthcare services, nurse call systems have taken a new form and shape for improving the quality of communication between patients and nurses. In particular, technology-driven nurse call systems are of immense significance in the event of an emergency, as explained in a new report by Transparency Market Research. On account of the aforementioned factors, the global nurse call systems market is expected to display a CAGR of 13.90% from 2014 to 2020.
Demand for High-quality Patient Care Necessitates Installation of Nurse Call Systems
“An increasing geriatric population across the world is a major factor driving the global nurse call systems market,” says a TMR analyst. This is because this population is susceptible to illnesses and may require hospitalization for dedicated care. The use of nurse call systems for the geriatric population ensures that the patient can raise an alert at the nurse’s station to deliver timely care. This, in turn, allows healthcare organizations to attain seamless communication and streamline nursing activities.
The increasing budget allocation for healthcare of the elderly population is also significantly contributing to the growth of this market. With an increase in the median age of the global population, several countries are focused on providing improved healthcare. Factors such as increasing dependency ratio and the retirement of baby boomers have necessitated the availability of quality healthcare services for aged population.
The increasing need for effective and responsive healthcare communication is another significant factor driving the global nurse call systems market. This is because nursing staff need to be watchful and responsive to provide high quality of healthcare and to ensure patient safety.
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“Government regulations in place for the manufacture and distribution of nurse call systems is major impediment to the growth of this market”, says TMR analyst. As per the recent amends by the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF), nurse call systems would be included in the category of medical devices. This necessitates nurse call systems to be clinically audited, regulated, and certified.
The IMDRF amend also requires that the software within medical devices need to satisfy medical grade ISO 9000 quality control specifications.
Hospitals Represent Largest End-use Segment
The global nurse call systems market is expected to be worth US$1.57 bn by 2020. Nurse call integrated communication systems is the leading segment of the market on the basis of equipment type; the segment held almost 75% of the overall market in 2013. Nurse call mobile systems equipment type is expected to display significant demand in the foreseeable years. Wired nurse call communication equipment is the largest segment of the market on the basis of communication technology. Hospitals is the largest end-use segment of the nurse call systems market.
The information presented in this review is based on a Transparency Market Research report, titled “Nurse Call Systems Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 – 2020.”