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New Era in Healthcare Industry: Internet of Things

Healthcare Industry spreads their wings in every corner of the world with the increasing technology trends. Today’s with the increasing technology, healthcare adopts the Internet of Things. The reason behind integrating IOT features into medical devices is to improve the quality and service of care for elderly, patients with chronic conditions. In our previous articles, we explain HISTree: Hospital information system, EHR improves patient care, EHR Benefits, Healthcare types etc in  detail. Here we are going to explain how IOT changes healthcare, applications, challenges and benefits.

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As per research, it is estimated that spending money on Healthcare Iot solutions will reach a $1 trillion by 2025 and will set the platform for highly accessible, on-time and personalized healthcare services. The medical internet of things includes following systems which change the face of healthcare such as asset management tools, central monitoring platforms, wearables etc.

Medical Internet of things Introduction:

Internet of Things Definition:

Iot known as Internet of things refers to the devices or objects that are connected to the web and capable of exchanging and collecting data. It connects electronic devices to a public or private cloud to capture or monitor data and enables them to automatically trigger certain events.

In healthcare, Iot  plays a vital role in maintaining thousands of patients data computerized and helps them to capture their data anytime they want. To keep tabs on the location of medical devices, patients, and personnel, many hospitals uses Internet of things.

With the advancement in technology, nowadays some hospitals implement smart beds that can detect when they are occupied and when a patient is trying to left. It can easily adjustable and ensures proper support & pressure to the patient without the need for nurses. In healthcare, this smart technology proves to be an asset with home medication dispensers to automatically upload data to the cloud.

Internet of Things in Medical Field:

As we know Iot becoming slowly and slowly integrating part of our everyday life includes healthcare. To make product or services more efficient and accessible, many healthcare providers or companies use connected devices and applications.

Wearables like smart watches, fitness trackers etc and healthcare apps will allow patients and healthcare professionals to be in touch with other. Doctors examine documents and resources instantly without travel to a library through medical reference material such as google glass, biometric stamp, contact lens etc. These devices help healthcare providers to monitor patient health remotely using sensors, mobile communication devices, and actuators.  These devices are known as the Internet of things for Medical devices or IoT-MD. Researchers at University of Buffalo, New york working on a necklace that can analyze the sound of wearer’s swallowing and chew and then tell them when they had too many carbs.

Healthcare IoT Challenges: 

There is no field where we get everything without any struggle, similarly, in healthcare internet of things have face lots of challenges.  The significant challenges in the integration and management of Internet of things in medical field includes:

  • Data Privacy
  • Flexibility and evolution of applications
  • Data Integration
  • Managing device interoperability and diversity
  • Scale, data volume, and performance

Examples of advanced technology in the healthcare field are given below. Click below:

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 IoT Healthcare Benefits:

Researchers and Analysts say that the Internet of things is one of the most sophisticated technologies that has the potential to improve health, productivity, and safety of billions of people. Following of its Iot benefits are:

  • Disease management in real time
  • Improved User Experience
  • Reduced cost of care
  • Improved Patient outcome
  • Improved quality of life
  • Time saving

Healthcare Iot applications:

To provide improved quality of care to patients in hospitals, healthcare provider starts using medical internet of things which proves to be more efficient. Following of IoT applications are:

  • Personal health and fitness management
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Pediatric and Eldercare

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