Internet of Things (IoT) technology has received sufficient word-of-mouth for its applications in the healthcare industry at clinical levels. From maintaining digital EHRs to remote patient monitoring, a plethora of IoT applications are evident to find grounds in the proximate future. Now is the time to analyze the stretch of connected device technology to consumer healthcare. Developers and experts in the vertical strive to build devices capable of serving as a panacea to proliferating diseases.
Smart CGM and Automated Insulin Delivery
Diabetes has proliferated rapidly leading to a scenario of 1:10 ratio of diabetic patients that requires continuous monitoring and administered treatment. Therefore, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device capable of taking glucose reading at regular intervals can be handy in informing patients about their glucose levels on mobile devices. Such devices allow caregivers to monitor the patients remotely and do the needful. In addition, the healthcare industry delivers IoT medicine which can automatically monitor and manage insulin dosages on depending upon the readings received from CGMs. Automated insulin will prevent extreme highs and lows, ensuring patients’ trust of having their glucose levels in a safe range during all times of the day.
Another widespread health issue asthma can have panacea with IoT technology in the form of smart inhalers. Medicinal solution companies have developed connected inhalers that are attached to smart sensors to accumulate health data for asthma over mobile applications. Further, this data is utilized by researches to comprehend what factors drive the health issue and enables them to experiment with new cures for the same.
Smart Contact Lenses
Medical researchers are working over the concept from ages, and probably the dream of smart contact lenses would come true. Apart from treating eye-sight, smart contact lenses are anticipated to measure tear glucose providing early signs of diabetes. Giving better insight into diseases whose symptoms are associated with the eye. It could also be integrated with AR technology to augment visibility and enhance the real-world viewing experience.
There already exist wearable devices that deliver continuous health monitoring to end-consumers, and there exists a myriad of possibilities as well. More the experiment and exploration of technology will take place; more the applications will emerge in patient care.