The new health law contains various other provisions that could have a significant impact on the market for assistive technologies, particularly through changes in
STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The goal of the report is to examine market opportunities for assistive technology products that are now on the market or that are likely to enter the market over the rest of the decade. Specific objectives of the report include analyzing the following:
Major product types and applications, both commercial and developmental.
Market size and segmentation, including historical data on sales by application and product type.
Market drivers and constraints.
Detailed market projections through 2018.
Industry structure, competition and market shares.
Factors that may influence the long-term market for assistive technologies.
The report has been written explicitly for those with an interest in disabled and elderly care issues, including the following:
Manufacturers and distributors.
Regulators and health insurers.
The financial and analyst community.
The report is tailored especially for readers with an interest in the marketing, financial and management dimensions of the assistive technologies industry. However, readers with a more general interest in disabled and elderly care may find it useful as well.
SCOPE AND FORMAT
The report focuses on the U.S. market for the various types of devices and products that are on the market or under development to enable disabled and elderly persons to move about, see, hear, speak, dress themselves and perform many other everyday activities as normally as possible. Where practical, market developments on the global level are also addressed, although in less detail than domestic market developments.
In the past few years, BCC has published a number of other reports in related areas, such as prosthetics and orthotics, microelectronic medical implants, drugs for the elderly, and antiaging products. The findings and conclusions of these other reports will be cited in this report, where appropriate, for the sake of completeness. However, it is not the authors intention to duplicate their coverage and analysis; attention will be focused instead on the following:
Mobility- and dexterity-enhancing products.
Products for the vision-, hearing-, and speech-impaired.
Toileting and incontinence products.
Medical/personal monitoring products.
Other products such as environmental controls and daily living aids.
This report does not cover physical therapy and exercise equipment designed for the elderly and disabled. The scope of this report also does not include therapeutic treatments such as surgery that are intended to mitigate or eliminate the underlying causes of a particular disability.
In terms of format, the report is divided into the following major sections:
Technologies used in disabled and elderly care products.
Conditions and applications addressed.
Legal, regulatory and insurance issues.
Patent and intellectual property issues.
Market size and segmentation.
Market projections from 2012 through 2018.
Industry size and structure.
Competition and market shares.
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