The internet of things (IoT) in Healthcare has come a long way to be recognized by multiple industries. The recent years have witnessed a strong surge by the healthcare industry to integrate IoT within the different system with a hope to increase productivity and improve patient outcomes. IoT is injected into every sphere of healthcare starting from X-ray machines, hospital meters to patient monitoring systems.
Benefits of using Internet of Things in Healthcare
- Higher patient engagement – IoT gives patients an opportunity to actively participate in their healthcare journey. There are many customized apps and software which allows patients to access their health data in real time and keep a track of their progress.
- Easy access to training – IoT equips healthcare professionals with advanced healthcare training devices which provide a systematic report on patient symptoms and feedback in real-time. These devices help in training new medical professionals remotely and make them able enough to self-guide themselves with the latest developments.
- Optimizes work schedule – IoT will completely digitalize workflow optimization with patients walking around with RFID bracelets which helps in tracking their reports and progress in real time. It will create a centralized system to indicate which Doctors suppose to be where resulting in lesser confusion and better patient care.
Future trends of Internet of Things in Healthcare
- Machine learning to predict virus hosts – A machine learning algorithm is been developed to help find the original hosts of viruses. The technology can spot patterns and anomalies in medical scans which can be missed by a human healthcare professional. Further, the algorithm uses viral genome sequences to predict the likely natural host covering a broad spectrum of RNA viruses which help in diagnosing the viral group that jumps from animals to humans.
- Socially intelligent robot – There are IoT enabled robots being designed capable of picking up light equipment with a self-navigation system using cameras and LiDAR. It can measure distance by its own using pulsed laser light & sensors and can perform tasks like mentioning stocking rooms for patients, running labs as well as manage supply rooms inventory. This allows healthcare professionals to spend their time more efficient in enhancing patient care.
- Healing Wounds with 3D technology – IoT enabled software is been designed using a realsense 3D camera to capture the image of a wound or ulcer in real-time. This is further analyzed to determine the depth and surface of the injury which automatically monitors and generates patient’s recovery graph. Further, the collected data is used in identifying early interventions to enable healthcare professionals to treat the patients in an objective way.
The world is heading towards an era which will be embraced by technologies like IoT, AI, and MI with healthcare being no exception to this. IoT will completely revolutionize the healthcare market by providing real-time time patient information by connecting all the possible devices. It will enhance the data interpretation standards create newer benchmarks in analyzing patients and providing them with timely treatment. Finally, this expected IoT demand will lead to more and more enterprises opting for M&A and partnership deals with more sophisticated infrastructure that can support the implementation of IoT.
– Pavan Mudholkar,
Sr Research Analyst,