by Savaram Ravindra from Mindmajix.
We are well aware that IoT offers a range of possibilities across various industries including consumer electronics and cars, healthcare, utilities, food industry, transportation, manufacturing, and so on. Also, Industrial IoT offers a means to obtain insights into business operations.
IoT offers a greater promise in the healthcare sector than in other sectors. This is because the IoT principles are already being applied to enhance the quality of care, reduce the cost of care, and improve the overall access to care. The integration of IoT features into medical devices greatly enhances the effectiveness and quality of service, especially bringing greater value to those requiring constant supervision and elderly patients suffering from chronic illnesses. The IoT has the potential to not only keep the patients healthy and safe but also to improve how the doctors provide care as well.
Few estimates have revealed that, by 2025, spending on Healthcare IoT solutions will reach around $1 trillion, and hopefully, will make the conditions favorable for highly accessible, on-time, and personalized health services for everyone.
The IoT can also enhance patient satisfaction and engagement by allowing patients to spend more time interacting with their doctors. This article will explore some of the major applications of healthcare IoT and the challenges it poses for healthcare today.
Applications of Healthcare IoT
Starting with managing chronic diseases to preventing disease, there is a broad range of applications for IoT in the healthcare sector. Now, let’s dig deeper into each of the major applications.
Providing Constant Attention
The patients who are hospitalized and whose health status requires close attention can be monitored constantly using noninvasive, IoT driven monitoring. This kind of solution uses sensors to gather comprehensive physiological data and the cloud and gateways to examine and preserve the data and then send the examined information wirelessly to physicians for further analysis and review.
This eliminates the need for the doctor having to visit at regular intervals to check the vital signs of a patient, instead offering a continuous and automated flow of data. In this way, it enhances the quality of care via constant attention and lowers the cost involved by eliminating the need for a physician to engage actively in data gathering and analysis.
The connectivity of a healthcare system with the IoT places emphasis on patient needs. This means timely intervention by doctors, enhanced accuracy in case of diagnosis, proactive treatments, and improved treatment outcomes result in a care that is highly accountable and gains trust among the patients.
Remote Patient Monitoring
All over the world, there are many people who face health issues due to lack of access to effective health monitoring. But, with the help of powerful, interrelated IoT solutions, monitoring the patients has become easier than ever.
These solutions can be utilized to capture the health data of a patient in a secure way from different sensors, make use of complex algorithms to examine the data and then share it via wireless connectivity with the physicians who can make proper health recommendations.
With the availability of real-time data from the connected healthcare solutions, the doctors can not only take better care of their patients but also lessen their number of visits to the patient as they can monitor their patients remotely. This decreases the overall health care costs as the costs involved in hospital stays and readmissions are cut down to a greater extent.
Configuring Emergency Alerts
Healthcare IoT allows care teams to gather and connect millions of data points regarding the personal fitness of a patient from wearables like activity, temperature, perspiration, sleep, and heart-rate. As a result, the information obtained from sensors can send out real-time alerts to caregivers and patients so they obtain event-triggered messaging such as triggers and alerts for elevated heart-rate and so on. This will hugely enhance workflow optimization and ensure all the care is handled from home.
Challenges of IoT in Healthcare
The IoT continues to face challenges in spite of the promise of what it can achieve in healthcare. If these challenges are not addressed soon, they could put the IoT at risk of failure.
By intent and design, the IoT devices collect and transmit real-time data. The infrastructure required to receive and process this information should be designed and developed for scale. This means obtaining, processing, and storing data in real-time from millions of IoT devices and applying analytics to gain insights from this data. Unfortunately, most of the providers lack the know-how and infrastructure to access the data.
Also, most of the devices reporting healthcare data suffer from a lack of common security practices or standards. Due to this, many healthcare IT professionals have raised concerns about the risks associated with data breaches and IoT device tampering.
Other major challenges include lack of EHR system integration and lack of adoption of interoperability. Addressing these problems will further revolutionize the health industry as more organizations will start implementing IoT for their healthcare services.
Healthcare IoT is transforming the way the facilities are delivered to patients. In order to derive the true value of healthcare IoT, the interrelated healthcare devices and the processes that are supporting them must work as a joint system that is comprehensive, integrated, and secure. With healthcare IoT facing a few challenges, the healthcare providers are hopeful that the IoT will have a positive impact on delivering valuable data and supporting patient care.
Author Bio: Savaram Ravindra is working as a Content Lead at Mindmajix. His passion lies in writing articles on some of the most innovative and emerging software technologies, digital marketing, businesses, and so on. Follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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The Silicon Valley startup launched a complete suite of IoT applications that enable the enterprise to develop IoT solutions up to 80% faster lowering costs and accelerating deployment from months or weeks to hours.
Webee just launched the first visual iot platform that relies in no-coding visual drag and drop tools to remove the typical complexity of existing current solutions. “We believe in the power of technology to help the enterprise onboard in the IoT world and quickly see the ROI of the technology, lowering costs, accelerating the deployment and accessing data in real-time to optimize their operations with minimum impact”, says Lucas Funes CEO & Founder at Webee.
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Our CEO selected for Stanford Latino Entrepreneur
Our CEO & Founder Lucas Funes was selected with other colleagues from across the United States to be a part of the third cohort of the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program (SLELP3).
Only 77 Latino entrepreneurs from across the United States were selected by the Latino Business Action Network (LBAN) to be a part of the third cohort of the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program (SLELP3).
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Webee continues to grow its non stop innovation journey in order to deliver the best posible experience at all times.
Kudos to Lucas and the Webee team!
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Being Smart in a Smart industry
Gartner's Cool Vendors research helps CIOs and other top IT leaders stay ahead of the IT technology curve, while making better strategic decisions about technology and services.
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Webee technology that blends with users regular life was designated as one of the Cool Vendors of 2016 by Gartner
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