Application of IoT in the healthcare industry can increase the efficiency of healthcare, save money, and most importantly, many lives.
Fremont, CA: The usage of advanced technology in the healthcare field has skyrocketed, especially as COVID-19 emerged. Healthcare is set to become more efficient and cost-effective, providing better patient outcomes. The Internet of Things (IoT) shows great potential for much safer and more productive hospitals.
IoT is a network of internet-connected integrated objects sending and receiving data. It can connect all kinds of items, such as hospital wristbands and medical equipment, with faster and much accurate data collection in the industry.
Robots are being used in many COVID-19 hospitals to save medical workers from contracting the illness. It can decrease medical waiting times, solve inadequate data collection problems, and solve wide range challenges allowing the best healthcare possible.
IoT connected sensors in hospital wristbands collect patient information and send it to the cloud. Healthcare centers can monitor patients' heart rates, glucose levels, blood pressure, body temperature, cholesterol, and other crucial information, simultaneously allowing doctors to view it in real-time and change treatments accordingly.
Preventable medical mistakes can be avoided to a great extent saving hundreds of thousands of deaths every year, as IoT can reduce such errors.
IoT sensors can be attached to drugs and medical supplies to solve counterfeiting problems. Additionally, this can ease supply chain management. IoT enables more automation workflow, saving time and hence money.
Faster data processing means less work and lower operational costs, completely avoiding errors in data entry.
IoT can act as a disease management tool for chronic health conditions, such as cancer and arthritis, that affect millions of people. Managing the disease when a doctor is not around proves crucial today, enabling remote checkups. This is also necessary for rural areas with scarce resources.
However, there are some challenges for IoT in healthcare software development, preventing technology from being implemented. Maintaining such a system of IoT devices in larger hospitals can be expensive.
Much research is needed, but IoT can give solutions for several pain points in the healthcare industry, which is set to increase in the future.