Benefits of IoT in the Healthcare Industry

Benefits of IoT in the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Internet of Things (IoT) is highly beneficial for the healthcare industry. It can completely transform things from machine control to virtual medical assistance. IoT can help save lives with a fast diagnosis and finding a quick cure for it. However, IoT has its own set of challenges. These challenges could be solved with the right strategies and better connectivity between doctors and patients virtually. Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is the solution to the difficulties. IoMT is a web of connected devices that collect data in real-time. It will provide individual data-driven medical solutions and personalized care. 

Internet of Medical Things has the classification of each medical issue faced by the healthcare industry. The first segment is the on-body segment which focuses on customer health wearables and other medical grade wearables. The in-home segment includes personal emergency response system (PERS) and remote patient monitoring (RPM). The community segment consists of kiosks that dispense products, emergency response intelligence, point-of-care devices, and logistics that record all the medical equipment. The in-clinic segment comprises of IoMT devices that can be used inside a clinic. The last segment is the in-hospital segment which lists the various solutions for several areas of management.   

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Despite the challenges, IoT has a lot of benefits in the healthcare industry. Doctors can prevent emergencies like heart failure, diabetes, asthma attack, cardiac arrest through real-time monitoring of the patient's conditions. IoT provides better connectivity with technologies like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and more which helps in tracking and identifying illness in less time. Better connectivity also reduces the overall time and cost of treatment. In the healthcare industry, a patient’s medical history has to be stored. IoT devices can gather, analyze, track, send and receive extensive data with the help of a cloud base.   

A patients’ medical information is recorded in real-time with the help of a device. The real-time information could be sent to a doctor in case of an emergency to assist accordingly. Patients can easily contact doctors on their mobile devices with the help of IoT devices and can get immediate assistance. Patients can also use machines to dispense medicines as per their prescription by connecting the patient’s device with the machine. The waiting time in the hospital or the clinic can also be reduced with the help of IoT in the healthcare industry. IoT can track the empty rooms in a hospital for incoming patients who need immediate assistance.   

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