The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming many different industries. Internet of Things Healthcare is one example of how IoT technologies are beginning to be implemented on an increasing basis, around the world. From monitoring a patient’s progress remotely to gaining new insights from the constant collection of that data. The benefits of IoT are appealing to those in the field because of the quantifiable information they produce.
The Internet of Things has the potential(and already is) to change and improve our healthcare industry.
It has been predicted by the year 2020 the IoT Healthcare industry will grow from the current 32 billion to over 160 billion.
IoT Healthcare Examples
Below are a few examples of the rapidly growing industry most are referring to as Internet of Things Healthcare. Otherwise known as smart, connected, or simply technology in healthcare. As in most industries, when technology advances the need for the people and business to adapt is essential. For the most part the healthcare industry is technologically advanced (in some parts), but this is not to say that they should not continually adapt emerging IoT technologies,
- Remote monitoring – Sensors can provide monitoring data 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. This allows doctors or caregivers to know exactly what is going on, from wherever they are. Specific examples include measuring blood pressure and glucose remotely, and sensors that monitor motion, toilet flushing and door opening. The system allows caregivers the ability to monitor the patient when needed and be alerted if there is anything out of the ordinary.
- Connected medical facilities – IoT technologies can drastically improve the quality of life as they are connected to hospitals or other facilities alike. Uses such as connected bed mats to track sleep patterns and blood pressure, or even connected toilets, are just 2 examples of the many ways in which medical buildings can adopt Internet of Things platforms.
- Placing sensors on people and ‘things’. As with the other examples, location-based products and services are a key piece of the IoT healthcare market. When facilities attach a badge or some kind of tracking capable device to their equipment and people, they now have new ways of monitoring overall activity. For example, imagine a hospital with a widely used, and very much so needed operating device for which they only have 1. Well, if 3 patients need this device, wouldn’t it be nice to know that device’s whereabouts and status? The Internet of Things allows this capability.
- Monitoring hygiene. IoT sensor technology can monitor and record the hand washing habits of staff as they enter and exit rooms.
- Overloading hospitals and medical facilities with large amounts of data.
- Privacy is also a major IoT healthcare concern. Patient confidentiality is extremely important, so having massive amounts of sensitive data within the IoT healthcare cloud is concerning for some.
- Managing data. Hospital and medical facilities alike need to employ people to manage the newly collected data.
As you can see, the IoT health care market is already doing some pretty interesting things. Since technology is advancing every single day the IoT applications will only continue to improve.
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