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This is how the health industry is getting better with IoT in and after 2016

May 6th, 2016

The Internet has become the primary source of many things starting from the information collection to the shopping. Internet of Things (IoT) is a buzz word that is happening around the trends of the present and the future. The IoT is making a severe impact on almost every industry and the fact is no industry can deny the existence of Internet of Things. The competition is becoming stronger every day and businesses lagging behind are sure to get kicked out of the contest.

IoT in HealthcareIoT has made a significant mark in the healthcare industry improving the lives of millions and millions of people. As per the experts predictions, this industry is sure to reach $110 million mark by the end of 2020 and Apple & Samsung will be the major players in setting up this mark. These giants are driving things crazy helping healthcare professionals offer the best possible solutions to their patients. The traditional method of monitoring involves the doctors and patients to be at the same place but with the help of IoT sensors the patients can be at their home while the healthcare professionals can examine them right from the hospital. The benefits of IoT for the healthcare industry is endless, and the advancements are growing at a rapid pace to meet the future.

How will IoT help healthcare industry?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is regulating almost every industry, and it is also revamping the healthcare services as the people have started using IoT for their health requirements. For example, the people can use the IoT devices to remind about the appointments, blood pressure variations, calories burnt and much more. The applications of IoT in the healthcare industry is never limited and here are few of the primary uses that shows how IoT have turned the face of the healthcare industry.

  • Predicting the patient’s arrival in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and also, the doctors can monitor the real-time status of the patients.
  • Hand hygiene monitoring to improve the cleanliness level in the hospitals as a report stated that nearly one out of every twenty patients in the United States gets infected by the hospital born infections.
  • The best part of Internet of Things in the healthcare industry is the remote health monitoring system where the patients can be monitored and advised from anywhere.
  • IoT also made a clean statement in maintaining a minimal budget while offering the best possible services to the patients.
  • Real-time location services are another major approach IoT offers. Using the service, the doctors can easily track the device locations which directly reduces the excess time spent.

How will IoT expand its territory in healthcare?

It is so obvious that the IoT is getting the required and projected reach, but the complete transformation never happens until everything in the place of the requirements. Here are some of the basic requirements when a healthcare organization is transforming towards an IoT environment.

  • Mobile forms: Smartphone usage is increasing rapidly, and people started using mobile applications for almost everything. When it comes to the healthcare industry, mobile applications improves the communications between the patients and the doctors over a secured connection.
  • Collaborative work: The primary duty of the administrators and the clinicians is to work collaboratively when the organization is shifting towards IoT-enabled infrastructure. Proper training and feedback are mandatory for a better deployment.
  • On-field mobile/tablet technology: The traditional way of recording the patient’s details i.e. a pad of paper hanging on the patient’s bed is never going to work anymore as they tend to be lost or scrambled. This is where the on-field mobile/tablet technology might work as they offer hassle-free records on the applications in the device. Information will be available in just a tap when information is recorded electronically.

2016 is expected to be the year of IoT:

Even though the Internet of Things have revamped most of the industry, its presence in the healthcare industry is just a few steps away, and it’s expected to happen in the later half of 2016. For the past two years, the IoT in the healthcare industry is priming, and now it is in the maturing stages as expected. Many partnerships that were stuck in 2015 promise the expansion of IoT in healthcare. Here are some of the highly expected happening in the IoT and healthcare industry.

  1. GSK and Qualcomm are working closely from which the GSK is likely to get into the Medtech sector. GSK has its bio-electronics R&D department.
  2. Sanofi and Verily (formerly know as the Google Life Sciences) are the two giants of the Healthcare and Tech industry who are partnering to bring a revolution in the diabetes management. Their ultimate goal is to offer real-time monitoring of patient’s health.
  3. Proteus Digital Health and Otsuka Pharma are putting their maximum effort in framing a clean system for managing severe mental illness like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The Proteus ingestible sensor technology will help share info about the patient to the healthcare professional.

Not only the enterprises in the private sector but also many government health authorities and institutes are moving towards IoT for management and transfer of patient data and information. The following chart shows how IoT is creating impact in the healthcare industry.

IoT in Healthcare

Stefan Groschupf, the CEO of Datameer said, “IoT moves from hype to substance. The Internet of Things has already emerged as the next mega-trend but in 2016, it will excel beyond the just hype. We will see companies actively change their strategy and infrastructure to harness the power and insight of IoT technologies and data.” 2016 is expected to be the year of IoT and the healthcare industry.

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