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Major Players Keep Remote Patient Monitoring Moving Forward

Executive Summary

Medtronic and Roche have made important moves in the remote monitoring market with new partnerships designed to enhance their places in telemedicine, which continues to be an important point of emphasis for providers. Meanwhile, AliveCor, a young company with groundbreaking cardiology technology for the smartphone, has reached an important milestone in Europe.

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Digital Health Pushing Telemedicine To Center Stage

Remote monitoring is proving to be the driving force in the industry’s quest to reduce costs by keeping patients out of hospitals, and telemedicine is positioned to become a major part of that scheme. However, telemedicine has a number of components and players, and while the market offers opportunities, it could also prove to be somewhat disruptive to companies and products that do not fit in the envisioned landscape.

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