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Is Google eying healthcare once again?

InformationWeek, August 19, 2011

This week's news of Google's intent to acquire Motorola Mobility has led some to wonder whether Google might be setting itself up for a second chance to take a crack at the lucrative healthcare market, now that it appears that it intends to become a full-blown hardware competitor in the mobile device market. Certainly, while Google's most recent foray into the healthcare market met with disastrous results (the company closed Google Health due to lack of consumer interest), Google now has a chance to revive its fortunes by gaining greater access to Motorola's healthcare clients that already use products like the MC55A0-HC and the MC75A0-HC, which are handheld devices that Motorola designed specifically for use by doctors, nurses and other employees in the healthcare sector. Just last week, technology research firm ABI Research cited Motorola as one of three leading Wi-Fi infrastructure vendors focused on the potential for Wi-Fi in healthcare, and said Motorola stands to benefit from the expansion of existing networks and the increased adoption of Wi-Fi both in the U.S and around the world. The research firm estimates that the market for Wi-Fi access point hardware, software, and services will increase to $1.3 billion by 2016.