The Development of IoT in Healthcare

The Development of IoT in Healthcare

By Healthcare Tech Outlook | Thursday, May 23, 2019

FREMONT, CA – The technological developments of the twenty-first century have assisted the healthcare industry in gaining significant insights into the condition of their patients through enhanced access to patient information. Consequently, they have been able to improve their services and provide personalized care according to the needs of the patients.

The wearable technology has emerged as a dominant tool in enhancing the operations in the healthcare industry. The wearable technology market is predicted to reach $51.6 billion in a few years. The rapid advancements in the internet of things (IoT) have facilitated the use of wearable devices in patient monitoring.

The wearable device technology is non-invasive and autonomous and can perform specific medical functions. It can be leveraged to deliver necessary information to the patients and give them more control over the outcomes of their treatment. The reduction in the cost of sensors and the availability of open source libraries, programming interfaces, and engineering frameworks has enhanced software product development.

The demand for wearable devices is on a constant rise. They offer higher visibility into the health of the patients, allowing them to make informed decisions regarding their treatment. Wearable devices can be leveraged for monitoring patient wellness, health, fitness, and for tracking their health goals. It is most useful for people with health conditions, as the connected wearable device can monitor and track their health indicators daily. The tools will also enable the patients to share the data with their healthcare providers and receive the required healthcare.

One of the major problems hindering efficient treatment of patients is lack of adherence to the prescribed medication. Especially patients with acute mental illness often discontinue medicines at their discretion. As a result, it becomes necessary to monitor the patients remotely. One such monitoring solution is a sensor-enabled pill developed using wearable technology. Whenever the patient swallows the pill, the sensor sends a message to the wearable device, from which it is transmitted to a smartphone application which can be accessed by a physician.

Wearable devices are utilized to collect relevant patient data to enable healthcare providers to evaluate the medical conditions of their patients. It allows the practitioners to monitor the calorie intake of the patient and track their physical activities. It provides immediate access to patient information stored in the online healthcare database. As a result, the integration of wearable devices in healthcare will enhance the treatment process and provide better insights to the consumers.

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