5 Ways IoT is Reshaping Healthcare
Source: RT Insights • Date November 29, 2017
IoT-enabled medical technology will allow patients to stay healthy and take precautions before the outbursts of health ailments.
IoT has transformed several industries, and now healthcare is at the forefront of the evolution. IoT has introduced cutting-edge tools in the healthcare arena that led to an impactful improvement in the efficiency and the quality of the services offered to patients.
IoT is an industry game-changer for healthcare, predicting to reach @136.8 billion in worldwide revenue by 2021. To facilitate better patient engagement, the benefits of IoT must be leveraged efficiently. Here are five ways:
1. Early detection
People now use IoT-driven devices for monitoring their daily physical activity and can measure parameters like blood pressure, blood glucose level and so on. This helps in identifying ailments prior to their onset. Likewise, IoT-enabled medical technologies can have numerous benefits. It will help health advisor detect health issues in advance, which has always been the challenge.
2. Operations augmentation
Integrating augmented reality into IoT solution has taken the healthcare industry to the next level. With the help of augmented devices, a medical Intern can experience live operation through the eyes of a surgeon.
Hospital resources like expensive equipment, staff, inventory, facilities and emergency situations and patient care requirements can be managed with the help of IOT devices.
3. Hand hygiene monitoring
This is one vital action that is placed in action for patient safety. The hand hygiene monitoring systems easily detect if the doctors have washed their hands before examining the next patient.
4. Customized patient monitoring
With the aid of IoT monitoring devices, patients receive proper attention and medical care on time. Data accessed from sensor-fitted IoT devices make it easy for the doctors to detect an interruption in the normal functioning of a person.
5. Device Integration
Among the multiple applications, remote monitoring is the primary application of the Internet of Things. It gives care providers visibility to the patient’s activity in the outpatient setting. Remote monitoring allows for timely interventions for patients who are in most need of assistance. Device-enabled technologies send an immediate notification to the concerned physicians, nurses, family, etc. when there is any urgency.
How will IoT change healthcare?
IoT-enabled medical technology will be used to accumulate real-time data for real-world scenarios and soon after predictive analysis from healthcare apps. Along with the real-time data, IoT-enabled medical technology will significantly enrich engagement and allow patients to stay healthy and take precautions before the outbursts of any health ailments.
Patient data security has always been a priority. Shortly, IoT-enabled medical technologies are going to have built-in security evaluation so that doctors can focus more on their patient health.
It has revamped how we use to approach healthcare services. In a hospital, connected devices can help physicians to set a reminder in their patients’ device to remind them, for example, about when they should take their medication as prescribed or engage the patient of any symptoms they are feeling to assess the proper care.