Internet of Things (IoT) is impacting all verticals, including but not limited, to Manufacturing, HVAC, Robotics, Fleet Management and Healthcare. Although, the benefits of IoT within all industries is extensive it is especially the case within Healthcare. Implementing IoT system integrations to oversee the many facets of patients, outpatients, physicians, nurses and support staff will improve patient care by mitigating oversights in treatment, scheduling medications/visits; overseeing both internal and external patients to ensure they are properly monitored.
The Global IoT Healthcare Market is estimated to reach $205 billion by 2024; growing at a CAGR of 20.2% from 2016 to 2024. In this blog, I will discuss IoT applications in the Healthcare industry and how these technology advancements are transforming the way devices and people interact with each other.
Top 4 Applications of IoT in Healthcare:
Real-Time Location Services (RTLS). Medical apparatus and devices like wheelchairs, scales, defibrillators, nebulizers, oxygen pumps and monitoring equipment can be tagged with sensors and located easily using IoT. One would think RTLS would relate to only “things”, but sensors can be utilized for keeping track of hospital staff and patients as well. The number of man hours spent locating physicians and patients is startling and equates to chaos and monies lost.
Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM). RPM enables patient monitoring outside of the hospital and/or clinic once the patient is released utilizing wearable devices. This allows physicians to monitor the vital signs in real-time of each patient while continuously collecting and transmitting patient-generated health data (PGHD). Patients can resume their everyday lives at home, prevent complications and re-admissions while decreasing healthcare costs for hospitals.
Management of Drugs. Prescription drugs are often hard to manage when referring to proper dosage and performance. But, today, some medications have microscopic sensors that are added to pills that will monitor the medication and the effect on patients and report their findings to devices that will alert healthcare workers of any abnormalities, which will enable them to address the situation before symptoms and ailments worsen.
Hand Hygiene. Monitoring hand hygiene is vital within the Healthcare industry. IoT devices sense the hand cleanliness of any nurse or doctor. If the nurse or doctor forgets to wash their hands, the sensor will omit an alarm. There are many patients who develop serious diseases due to infections and, in some cases, may even cause death. The application collects healthcare worker’s location, ID and time.
The applications discussed are a few ways IoT has impacted the lives of patients and healthcare workers. Technology advancements for IoT in Healthcare will continue to grow exponentially in the coming years. Interested in launching your IoT Product? Contact our IoT Experts today to help get you started!