A Rapid Healthcare Movement with AI and IoT

A Rapid Healthcare Movement with AI and IoT

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Friday, November 30, 2018

The advanced technologies in the healthcare sector have paved a way across the spectrum for various developments. The greatest benefit is in the frontline delivery of emergency. Healthcare providers are the most prolific generators of data, from patient records to drug trials where this data is digitized. The practitioners can give better care from that digitized records. This data helps in predicting and understanding current and future trends.

The digitized information is paired with the latest AI algorithms and drives intelligent decision-making, reasoning, and speeding up the analysis of data. The rise of IoT has led to the digital transformation of modern healthcare. Also, these healthcare IoT devices allow the equipment to feed the data into larger AI-driven healthcare analytics systems directly.

In recent years, there has been a demand for IoT devices from fitness trackers to portable blood pressure and insulin monitors. These devices allow for remote and at-home management for monitoring acute conditions. The data enables practitioners to make better decisions and risk assessments. Early diagnosis and treatments can deliver low cost of care, enhanced quality of care and improvement in patient engagement.

IoT also improves inventory management. It tracks the expensive, reusable medical equipment both in hospitals and in patients’ homes. This IoT tracking of devices can cut down the cost of replacing the reusable hardware. Advances in connectivity and a growing demand for at-home and out-patient care is driving the use of devices that monitor a patient.

Private medical insurers are using two-way smartphone apps to connect customers with general practitioners for initial consultation and diagnosis for a minor ailment reducing the cost. They can also share the transmitted data from connected devices such as pacemakers, monitors, and ECG machines.

Feeding IoT medical data into healthcare bodies and treatment is not enough on its own to create a meaningful change. To verify the data from the IoT devices, the data needs to be interpreted. These include patient record data, drug trial data, and lifestyle and lifespan data. The most precise healthcare needs can be identified with AI and IoT.

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