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Global Tele-ICU Market - Outlook and Forecast 2022-2027
The global Tele-Intensive Care Unit (Tele-ICU) market is projected to reach $6.3 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 19.69% from 2022 to 2027. The increasing demand for critical care services, coupled with a shortage of intensivists and ICU facilities, has contributed to the growth of this market. Tele-ICU, through real-time remote consulting, has been proven to reduce ICU mortality rates.
Hospitals worldwide are facing challenges related to the shortage of critical care specialists. Small rural hospitals, in particular, struggle to hire and retain intensivists, leading to difficulties in maintaining critical care centers, especially during holidays and weekends.
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Low-income countries face a high burden of serious illness, which is expected to increase due to urbanization, epidemics, and limited access to healthcare facilities. However, data on intensive care capabilities, including physical resources and healthcare professionals, are often lacking or hard to find. Tele-ICU has the potential to address these challenges and expand healthcare infrastructure in developing countries.
Tele-ICU has demonstrated significant clinical and efficiency benefits in hospital ICUs worldwide. It has been effective in saving lives, reducing length of stay, lowering infection rates, and minimizing ventilator usage.
One of the primary advantages of tele-ICU is reduced mortality rates. Performance is often measured against established evaluation systems like APACHE (Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation). By collaborating with clinicians and respiratory therapists at the bedside, tele-ICU teams can expedite patient extubation and decrease ventilation days, resulting in substantial cost savings.
To ensure successful partnerships, tele-ICU solutions require a robust technology platform, qualified intensivist-led teams available around the clock, process integration, close collaboration, and ongoing client relationship management.
Acute care for critically ill patients is a global concern, regardless of the healthcare system’s capabilities. However, the high costs associated with trained medical staff, infrastructure, and supplies hinder the development of intensive care units in low-income countries.
In LMICs, mortality rates remain unacceptably high compared to high-income countries, leading to an estimated number of over 8 million premature deaths. To address this issue, implementing tele-ICU programs can help reduce the burden of infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
While highly skilled medical professionals are typically concentrated in or near major cities, remote areas often lack access to critical care services. For instance, in India, 80% of doctors work in urban areas, while 70% of the population resides in remote regions with limited access to doctors and trained emergency personnel.
The market is segmented based on various factors, including Model, Component, Patient Group, Hospital Type, and Geography
Segmentation by Model
Segmentation by Component
Segmentation by Patient Group
Neonatal & Pediatric Patients
Segmentation by Hospital Type
System Affiliated Hospitals
Segmentation by Geography
North America – US, Canada
Europe – Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain
APAC – China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia
Latin America – Brazil, Mexico, Argentina
Middle East & Africa – South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE
In 2021, the centralized tele-ICU market accounted for a substantial share of approximately 51.65% due to its widespread acceptance worldwide. The centralized tele-ICU model operates on a hub-and-spoke system, where critical care services originate from a central hub and are delivered to various spoke facilities. The hub is an established site equipped with staff, including emergency physicians, nurses, and clinical and technical personnel. It is connected to one or more medical facilities and/or multiple ICUs.
The hardware segment held a significant share of around 68.76% in 2021. This segment encompasses computer systems, communication lines, high-resolution cameras, video display boards, physiological monitors, medical records, and more. The tele-ICU system relies on hardware components to collect and compile patient data, which is then transmitted remotely. This data comprises physiological conditions (such as EKG and blood oxygen saturation), treatment information (such as specific drug infusion rates and ventilator settings), and medical records.
Among different patient groups, the adult patients segment dominated with a share of approximately 80.73% in 2021. This dominance is attributed to the increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which are a leading cause of death globally, accounting for about 41% of all deaths. The rising incidence of chronic diseases among adults has contributed to the significant share of this segment. NCDs affect individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and regions. While these diseases are commonly associated with older age groups, research indicates that over 15 million NCD-related fatalities occur between the ages of 30 and 69.
Regarding hospital types, the system Affiliated Hospitals segment held a major share of around 69.57% in 2021. This segment’s prominence stems from hospitals within a network collaborating to provide services to a single or multiple communities. Participating in a hospital network brings cost-effectiveness as it enhances efficiency, eliminates service duplication, and ensures that patients, whether in small towns or big cities, receive high-quality care. Numerous advantages are associated with this approach.
North America accounted for a significant share of approximately 40.84% in 2021, primarily driven by the United States, which has the highest number of ICU beds per capita globally. With over 5 million patients admitted to intensive care annually in the US for intensive care or invasive monitoring, approximately 2,100 rural hospitals face challenges in delivering critical care during surges in events. Tele-ICU can serve as a mechanism through which local hospitals can provide critical care to Americans in rural areas.
The tele-ICU market is characterized by consolidation, with prominent players dominating a significant portion of the market share. Notable companies like GE Healthcare, Koninklijke Philips, Teladoc, and Hicuity Health offer comprehensive product and service portfolios that are essential for tele-ICU systems. For instance, Philips provides the innovative eICU program, which combines cutting-edge audiovisual technology, predictive analytics, data visualization, and advanced reporting capabilities. This program has been successfully implemented by Philips experts for over 15 years.
In addition to these key players, other formidable competitors such as Apollo Telehealth, SOC Telemed, Intercept Telemed, and Eagle Telemedicine also hold substantial market shares and prioritize continuous expansion. As a result, competition in the global tele-ICU market continues to intensify.
Key companies profiled in this report include Apollo TeleHealth, Eagle Telemedicine, GE Healthcare, Hicuity Health, Intercept Telemed, Koninklijke Philips, SOC Telemed, Teladoc health, Avel eCare, Key Strengths, Key Opportunities, Ceiba Health, CLEW, Cloudphysician, CritiNext, iMDsoft, RemoteICU, Sri Laxmi Kravia Techlabs, VeeOne Health, eNext ICU, Inova, T-ICU.
Key Questions Answered
How large is the global tele-ICU market?
The global tele-ICU market is projected to reach a value of USD 6,328 million by 2027.
What is the growth rate of the global tele-ICU market?
The global tele-ICU market is expected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.69%.
What are the factors driving the growth of the tele-ICU market?
The high growth potential for tele-ICU in LMICs (Low- and Middle-Income Countries), technological advancements in tele-ICUs, and the clinical and administrative benefits yielded by tele-ICU partnerships are the major factors contributing to the growth of the market.
Who are the key players in the global tele-ICU market?
The key players in the global tele-ICU market include Apollo TeleHealth, Eagle Telemedicine, GE Healthcare, Hicuity Health, Intercept Telemed, Koninklijke Philips, SOC Telemed, and Teladoc Health.