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Bringing Revolution In Health-care: Here Is How Internet of Things Is Making a Difference

In this modern era of technologies, evolution has been a constant source of serving.

“Evolution tells us where we came from, not where we can go.” – Jerry Coyne

Of-course it has no effect on death and taxes, but a major part of human lives is dependent on evolution. We have witnessed its power in our daily lives, be it body or health monitoring too ( like literally). In other words, evolution in technology has become a growing seed in the health-care sector.

It would probably fill us with gratitude by learning that modern technologies is extensively improving the health care of the patients out there. To entangle these technologies (like AI and machine learning) in a particular concept, one can efficiently put them under the IOT umbrella.

Even the future marks to be bright. According to a research done by market research engine, the IOT in health-care is expected to exceed more than US$ 271.50 Billion by 2024.SO what makes it so desirable that everyone is trying to adopt it? In this article we would take a closer glance at the purpose and benefits of IOT, and why it is booming in health-care sector. At the end of the article you would have a detailed knowledge on:

  • What is the role of IOT in health-care?
  • Where is IOT used in the health-care industry?
  • Benefits of IOT in health-care
  • IOT health-care solutions
  • Challenges faced by IOT in health-care
  • What is there in the future?

Role played by IOT in Health-care: What place does it hold?

Internet of things is described as the network of devices that allows these devices to interact and exchange data.

This data is tracked and gathered in real time, which provides the user with detailed analysis of material. In regards with the health-care industry this means that regular hospital can be turned into a modernized smart version. This means that the medical IOT technologies have the power to automatically gather essential information from the patients and rectify the disease or problem in order to prevent them.

Where is IOT used in the Health-care Sector?

Providing stats and saying good things about IOT in health-care is one thing, but to prove this point do we have use cases to show it to the audience that it is actually a widely useful technology? Well! Yes, we do. Here are some of the applications that vividly tell us that IOT in health-care is not only powerful, but life changing too.

Wearable

We all have come across or used fitness band, blood pressure monitoring devices or heart rate checking cuffs once. These devices have allowed the users around to monitor their daily activities like calories burnt, hearth condition and even the tracking up of necessary health activities.

RTM or remote patient monitoring

RTM or remote patient monitoring devices are the devices that help in tracking the record of patients heart beat or diabetes chart. Some of the most popular devices that are RTM based are:

CGM: NHS ( a non departmental public body of department and health-care) announced in the year 2018 (on world diabetes day) that it would fund the continuous blood glucose monitoring system to support diabetes induced patients and improve their treatment solutions. CGM or continuous glucose monitoring system is the device that is used to monitor data. The data IS easily accessible with the help of mobile phones or any iOS system. It is basically a sensor (that is inserted in the elbow) which helps in sending information about the condition of the patients to the doctors. This help in the prevention of cardiac arrest and all sort of seizures.

Insulin Pens: It is the device that is used to monitor blood glucose level, and then send the entire data to the smart-phone apps. Patients with diabetes can easily track their blood sugar level with the help of this device.

Ingestible Sensors

According to a study by world health organization about 50 percent of the medicines that are prescribed are not taken in the correct manner. Therefopillcamre, to solve this issue proteus introduced with a device called ingestible sensors. These sensors takes the place of the prescription and send a signal upon dissolution in the stomach.

Smart hospitals

With the integration of IOT solutions in the hospital infrastructure the database can be formed in a more centralized and automated manner. That additionally enhances the reliability in block-chain and even the contracts. The smart management system would also help in the submission of forms, relieving the patients with long queues.

Benefits of IOT in Health-care

AS mentioned above, internet of things has countless number of benefits that significantly improves the treatments and maximizes the data collection process. Some of the other benefits that IOT has in health-care would include:

Cost effective: There are ample number of gadgets that help to track the condition of a patient, this means that they can track their health without the need to visit a doctor, or spend a penny on the consultancy and prescription. This only means that IOT in medical sector helps in cost reduction.

Accessibility: The doctors and the physicians have the ability to check the report of the patients in real time. That means they do not need to leave their office or check the patients everyday.

Better Results: As mentioned, doctors can access the health of a patient in real time, which means they can have a detailed analysis on the symptoms as well as the disease. This would allow them to treat the patients well, and have a better result.

Maintenance of medical devices: Medical equipment tend to require a lot of care. They are needed to be looked after and managed time to time. Internet of things is the way that can help the user to track and calculate the problems that might arise in a device.

What is there in the future?

Well, one thing can be concluded for sure, the number of IOT users in health-care is increasing day by day. By the year 2020 it is estimated that that health-care market would be worth more 117 million dollars, portraying that it is massively increasing in every term.

Starting from big data to the AI algorithm, each sector is constituting the use of IOT, and we see nothing but a bright future of the health-care industry in it.

Conclusion

IOT in health-care is the recent development, but it has the power to bring in massive transformation. Not only would it improve the outcomes the field of treatment, but it will also help to monitor the care.

Hospitals and medical health-care department should opt for software development companies that help them to optimize their equipment or built a more profound future for their patients. These companies should be able to bring out devices that not only help the urban but the rural medical sectors. That might fail to reach them otherwise.


POSTED BY Robert Adixon


My Name is Robert Adixon. I am working as a Sr. Developer at Xicom Technologies which is a leading software development company. I have experience in developing robust and user friendly front-end and back-end of custom software solutions using Java/J2EE and popular RDBMS.

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