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According to a recent report from ABI Research, a market intelligence company specializing in global technology markets, while the market for disposable wireless Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) sensors within professional healthcare is in its earliest stages, the foundations to support adoption are now in place. They also report that there is a tremendous potential for adoption. So much so that by 2018, they predict that nearly 5 million disposable sensors will be shipped even though the sensors will have still barely penetrated the addressable market.

MBAN sensors will enable patient monitoring information such as temperature to be collected automatically from a wearable thermometer sensor. These devices will improve patient monitoring detail and free up nursing staff to concentrate on other aspects of care. By bringing the technology to disposable form factors MBAN sensors integrate especially well with the workflow of professional healthcare.

Over the next five years, a number of technology approaches will come to market, each competing to become a de-facto standard. “The market for disposable MBAN sensors will differ from the wider wearable wireless device market in its support for specific protocols,” says Jonathan Collins, principal analyst at ABI Research. “Where Bluetooth Smart will dominate connectivity in the total wearable wireless device market, two competing approaches will be prominent in the disposable healthcare market over the next few years: proprietary and NFC.”

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