Samsung Expands Its Health Monitoring Portfolio
Samsung has begun manufacturing digital radiography, in-vitro diagnostics and ultrasound equipment suitable for both urban and rural health care centres. The devices have built in digital capabilities that allow them to send high quality imaging and information to healthcare clinics anywhere in the world. While BMI believes Samsung's devices could be well suited to the healthcare needs of East Africa's large rural population, we fear that low broadband penetration will limit its impact.
Samsung's move into the medical devices segment is not new among consumer electronics companies. Sony and Cannon have also made acquisitions in the medical device industry and Netherlands-based Philips has completely shifted its focus to the medical sector, having sold the remnants of its consumer electronics segment to Japan's Funai Electric for US$201.8mn in January 2013.
Samsung's digital radiology equipment comes in various models, including mobile versions which can be used in a number of locations. The ultrasound equipment could be used for obstetrics, gynaecology, cardiology and general surgery practices and the in-vitro blood analysers can provide accurate test results in seven minutes. The ability to transmit this information to urban healthcare centres will be key in East Africa, as in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Mozambique and Uganda, between 68.5% and 80.6% of the total population lives in rural areas.
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