IoT-driven Technologies for Smart Healthcare

IoT-driven Technologies for Smart Healthcare

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Monday, March 18, 2019

Connected health involves the convergence of health technology, digital media, and mobile devices. It makes it easier for patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals to access data. This data helps to improve the quality of healthcare delivery. Amazing patient touchpoints are offered by remote monitoring, fitness bands, telemedicine, and other wearable technologies. They provide patients with enhanced satisfaction with timely and effective healthcare.

Healthcare organizations today use digital platforms to store, manage, and access medical data, and history of patients. In addition, rapid technology innovations have now created a set of sophisticated apps that keep patients and doctors connected even outside the hospitals. Smart wearable devices help make this resolution a success for people.

Fitness wearables such as fitness trackers help monitor or track fitness-related metrics such as walking or running distance, calorie consumption, heartbeat, and sleep quality. A smart toothbrush can map a patient’s mouth’s geometry digitally, plotting the brushing paths and pressure. The toothbrush connects through a smartphone app, sending user data for analysis to their dental professional, who will inform their patient about how to improve their dental routine if necessary.

Equipped with advanced sensors, the smart bed gathers users’ patterns to sleep and wake up. This smart bed helps in tracking the heart rate of the person, blood pressure levels, and also imbalances in room temperature. Powered by sophisticated photo-recognition technology, weight sensors, and AI, smart plates paint a picture of the nutritional breakdown of the food that users eat.

Connected healthcare is shifting to be a part of the normal landscape, with routine use of connected medical devices for patient care and monitoring throughout their treatment and recovery. As trends like the Internet of Things (IoT) continue to grow, the healthcare sector is embedding more technology and processes for patient care. This will also reduce costs and create a more integrated and personalized healthcare system that meets patients’ increased expectations. Going forward, the connected healthcare industry ultimately depends on how well healthcare organizations and payers can deliver high-quality patient experience as healthcare moves closer to the consumer.

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