IoT is redefining Healthcare. Look around and you will find people with smart devices that track their every move, calculate their intake and give them trends on this data.

Primitively, Caregivers and hospitals were using telemetry to remotely gather data for improving patient care. The primary aim of preventive healthcare was to deliver personalized care, improve patient care without spending huge amount of money.

Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is driving the future of healthcare industry. It can bring better outcomes; improve efficiency and makes healthcare more affordable as caretakers are increasingly resorting to more self-care due to increased awareness. To achieve this, healthcare providers must make use of latest technology in a more systematic way.

THE SCOPE OF IOT IS GETTING BIGGER AND BETTER IN

  • Preventive healthcare: by use of wearables.
  • Patient tracking: in monitoring patient movement and health analysis.
  • Geriatric care: in tracking Senior citizens which is a large market for IoT, medical devices.
  • Real-time location tracking: in tracking medical devices, people and asset movement.

According to a recent study by Gartner, about 30% of smart wearables will be unobtrusive to the eye by 2017. It is predicted that the revenue from smart wearables will increase to around $22.9 billion by 2020. Experts from P&S Market research expect that the Internet of Things industry will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 37.6% between 2015 and 2020.

WEARABLES FOR PREVENTIVE HEALTH ANALYSIS

Imagine a wearable used for preventive health analysis. The term wearable in health parlance should not be restricted to just fitness tracking devices worn in the wrist that are used to monitor personal health.

By far, the term wearables term should go beyond tracking of physical activities. It could be used as a communication device or it could even be a device that interacts with other devices like an Apple watch. It could be a device in the body, on the body or near the body like a medical app that helps track personal health;

Some of the leading medical apps that are already disrupting the healthcare market are:

  • Philips’ Medication Dispensing Service
  • Boiron Medicine Finder App
  • Future Path Medical’s Urosens

DIGITAL HOSPITALS MAKING HEADWAY

Healthcare industry is increasingly leveraging modern technology and digital hospitals are making headway such as the Humber River Hospital in Toronto Canada and the Medical Center at Mission Bay San Francisco. Innovative approaches towards engaging robots in the radiology and other departments are also disrupting the way healthcare is delivered.

Deakin University Australia, in partnership with Telstra Australia, has developed haptics-enabled robots that can perform ultrasound diagnostics remotely. This means the patient need not be in the same place as the sonographer conducting the ultrasound.

IOMT FOR IMPROVED HEALTHCARE

There were 259000 mobile healthcare apps as of 2016 and the mHealth app marketplace is expected to grow 15 times faster, according to a survey. Another survey indicates that, users expect digital services to communicate with doctors, monitor health and collaborate with caregivers with ease.

Final Thoughts

IoT is clearly here to stay. With the cost of Hardware coming down, there’s no dearth in demand for wearables as this space is just short of an explosion, especially, in the mature markets.

IoT devices and apps are helping healthcare professionals in providing better care for their patients. There is definitely much scope for advancement for IoT in the healthcare sector.

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