What IoT has to Offer the Healthcare Industry

What IoT has to Offer the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Tuesday, May 21, 2019

FREMONT, CA: The Internet of Things (IoT) is not a new concept but is gaining more attention and traction today. The idea presupposes the use of electronic devices that gather and monitor data and are connected, to a cloud resource. The demand for these connected devices spans multiple industries such as healthcare, energy, automotive, and consumer spaces. But the use of IoT has sharply increased in the healthcare industry over the last decade.

IoT enabled devices have made remote monitoring in the healthcare sector possible, unveiling the ability to keep patients healthy, and empowering physicians to deliver excellent care. As it makes interaction with doctors easier and efficient, it has high patient engagement and satisfaction. Additionally, remote monitoring of patient health facilitates in lowering the length of hospital stay and reduces re-admissions. IoT also has a significant impact on reducing healthcare costs and enhancing treatment outcomes. By redefining the space of devices and people interaction in delivering healthcare services, IoT is transforming the healthcare industry.

By using wearables and other home monitoring devices embedded with IoT, physicians can keep track of patients’ health more effectively. They can also track patients’ adherence to treatment plans or any requirement for immediate medical attention. IoT enables healthcare professionals to be more watchful and connect with the patients proactively. Data collected from IoT devices can help physicians identify the best treatment process for patients and reach the expected outcomes.

Wearables like fitness band and other wirelessly connected devices give patients access to personalized attention. These devices can be tuned to remind calorie count, exercise check, appointments, blood pressure variations, and much more.

IoT devices are beneficial in hospitals that IoT devices tagged with sensors are used for tracking the real-time location of medical equipment like wheelchairs, defibrillators, nebulizers, oxygen pumps, and other monitoring equipment. Deployment of the medical staff at different locations can also be analyzed, in real time.

The proliferation of healthcare IoT products is opening up immense opportunities in the landscape. It explores a new dimension of patient care while making revenue opportunities and improving healthcare operations. Being prepared to leverage this digital power would prove to be the differentiator in the increasingly tech-centric world.

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