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FREMONT, CA: The Internet of Things (IoT) has particularly novel implications in areas of population health. With a growing senior population and approximately 80 percent of adults prone to suffering from chronic diseases, IoT helps medical practitioners address key challenges that patients face. With IoT, the population health system is able to tap into integrated solutions, like telehealth, at-home health monitoring, connected devices, and many more that help provide cost-effective care. IoT supports efforts to provide unparalleled patient care in the following three ways.
Improved Patient Engagement
Today, there is a burst of wearable gadgets and IoT health technology use cases in the sphere of health and fitness. These devices are serving as sources of inspiration to maintain or better one’s health by allowing patients to be more engaged with their own health data, engaging in fitness challenges, or setting daily fitness goals. Soon, IoT will be playing a bigger role in the analysis and use of data collected from wearable gadgets. As IoT plays a bigger part in which people track their health, patients will become more comfortable with their regular monitoring of health vitals.
As IoT becomes an integral part of patient care, the interoperability of various data formats between devices will need to evolve and accept proper data interworking and develop a means of refining these data for accuracy. IoT devices can connect to the care provider’s preferred data format, giving him/her access to the patient data repository. This enhanced interoperability will allow better data sharing across the caregivers’ community and empower patients to feel greater control over their data.
Significant Reduction in Cost
The expanding network of connected medical devices is enabling greater access to care, simultaneously reducing healthcare costs. To visit a doctor physically can cost hundreds of dollars, where a patient who shares details of diseases over an IoT-based solution, has reduced expenses. By incorporating IoT, patients can get care faster, clinicians can receive patient data and analysis quickly, and a significant reduction in cost can be ensured.
While there are many hurdles to overcome to attain the benefits of fully interoperable and secured IoT applications, the connected population health stands promising.