IoT in Healthcare

How can Medical Practitioners and Patients be benefited from IoT?

Internet of Things is finding application in a wide variety of industries and bringing about transformational changes in the way business is conducted. For the healthcare industry, call it “Internet of Medicines”, will give patients immediate and continuous access to information about their state of health. The Internet of Things will materialize the concept of personalized, self-directed healthcare. According to a study conducted by Mckinsey & Company in 2015, the economic impact of connected healthcare will range from $170 billion to $1.1trillion a year in the next 10 years. The IoT technology will directly benefit medical practitioners and patients in numerous ways.

Cost reduction

With connected healthcare solutions, real-time monitoring of the patients can be done. This will eliminate the need for doctors visiting the patients frequently. It will cut down the cost of hospital stays for the patients as home care facilities will be provided to the patients.

Accurate diagnosis

Access to real-time information will help medical practitioners to take informed decisions and offer evidence-based treatment. This will significantly improve healthcare outcomes and patients will get the right treatment at the right time.

Connected Healthcare

The wearable devices to monitor patient vital statistics will allow patients and medical practitioners stay connected at all the times. The healthcare professionals will be able to prevent a disease with the help of accurate information rather than curing it.

Patient Data Management

Many healthcare organizations around the globe are already adopting Internet of things to facilitate the management and transfer of patient data. This not only saves time but also allows different healthcare organizations to work in a collaborative environment.

Improved Patient Experience

The proactive treatments and improved accuracy of diagnosis will enhance the overall experience of patients. The internet of things will bring about transparency and accountability in healthcare which will build up trust between health care givers and patients.

Current examples of IOT implementation in Healthcare

Sanofi and Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) has partnered to develop technologies to improve management of diabetes. Sanofi will provide its expertise in diabetes while Google will offer its expertise in data analysis. Miniature low-energy electronic chips will be used to provide continuous real-time monitoring of a patient’s health status. The University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG), Netherlands has partnered with Huawei to help in managing the spread of infectious diseases in hospitals. With the help of IoT, patients will be tracked for early detection of hospital-acquired infectious diseases. This will help in preventing the spread of epidemics in hospitals.

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