The IoT in Healthcare in 2019

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Faster and more accurate diagnoses possible as the IoT continues to evolve.

Is your healthcare organization adopting Internet of Things (IoT) technology in 2019? Or perhaps you already are using it. According to a report by Aruba Networks, 87 percent of healthcare organizations will have adopted IoT by the end of 2019 (1).

graph trending upward in 2019

IoT might offer an increased return on investment in healthcare.

Several important benefits are driving healthcare organizations to embrace a connected future. Chief among them is the possibility to improve patient outcomes when data is shared in real time.

The IoT allows healthcare professionals to pull data from medical devices, mobile apps, and even chips embedded in our bodies to help diagnose patient’s health more quickly. The added clinical data helps fill in the gaps in patients’ memories of events.

Real-time data; real-time interventions

The goal of IoT in healthcare is not just early identification of health issues, but also real-time identification of dangerous health escalations, according to a case study published by the Advisory Board. (2) Real-time patient data allows providers to collect and process data from the patient which, in some cases, can enable providers to anticipate health issues and deliver time-sensitive interventions.

Another potential benefit of IoT is an increased return on investment for care organizations that opt to embrace a connected future, according to an article in HealthTech. (3)

IoT data dump

The most common IoT technology applications in healthcare today are (4):

  • 64% patient monitors
  • 56% energy meters
  • 33% X-rays and imaging

Another telling statistic: the projected market for wearable technology in 2027 is $150 billion. (5)

Embeddable and wearable healthcare trends

IoT platforms support integration of data from medical devices and wearables, apps, and even a device with inspiration from a body-piercing guru.

Image of connected objects

IoT platforms offer the possibility to improve patient outcomes when data is shared in real time.

For less than $200, thousands of Swedes have embedded microchips into their fingertips. The brainchild of Jowan Osterlund, a professional body piercer, the chipping firm Biohax International can’t keep up with the demand for personal “chips” that remove the hassle of multiple forms of IDs. Osterlund says, “Using a chip means that the hyper-connected surrounds that you live in every day can be streamlined.” (6) Potentially, the chips could be used to share data about our physical health and bodily functions.

Perhaps you have a personal IoT-enabled device yourself. I often see people wearing the Apple watch: the popular series 4 watch lets consumers share data about their vitals; it can also detect falls. (7)

IoT-enabled tools and devices put the decision to transmit personal information or data to healthcare providers into consumer’s hands. Defining the parameters and permissions of who gets to see the data will be the next challenge for more global use of such technology. #IoT #wearables #healthcare #IoT2019

How is your healthcare organization using IoT technology? Please comment below!

Read the blog on The Intersection of Carestream MPS and the IoT

Robert Dostie is Senior Executive Director of Global Marketing and Sales CRM at Carestream Health. He has extensive experience in information technology, and in engineering and manufacturing technologies. He has been working in the healthcare market for 15 years.

References

1. Aruba Networks, State of IoT in Healthcare https://www.arubanetworks.com/assets/infographic/Aruba_IoT_Healthcare_Infographic.pdf

2. The Internet of Things (IoT) in Health Care Market drivers, challenges, and use cases (download the brief) https://www.advisory.com/research/health-care-it-advisor/research-notes/2015/the-internet-of-things-in-health-care                                                   

3. Why Healthcare IoT is on the Rise https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2018/08/why-healthcare-iot-rise-infograph

4. Aruba Networks, State of IoT in Healthcare https://www.arubanetworks.com/assets/infographic/Aruba_IoT_Healthcare_Infographic.pdf

5. Wearable Tech is Here to Stay with a Robust Presence in the Future Healthcare Industry Wearable Technologies https://www.wearable-technologies.com/2018/06/wearable-tech-is-here-to-stay-with-a-robust-presence-in-the-future-healthcare-industry/  

6. Thousands Of Swedes Are Inserting Microchips Under Their Skin https://www.npr.org/2018/10/22/658808705/thousands-of-swedes-are-inserting-microchips-under-their-skin?sc=tw   

7. Today, Apple Told Us: It’s About More Than a New iPhone https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/apple-event-story?utm_campaign=Marketing%20Blog%20%20Daily%20Emails&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=65887306

COMMENTS

  • January 8, 2019
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    Tom Mariner

    Absolutely! We who design medical devices that help our patients and medical professionals have the obligation to use the most effective technology and methods.

    When I sat on the ANSI Radio Frequency Identification Committee (RFID), one concern was the interference of literally thousands of tiny transceivers with our (then crude) 802.11 WiFi stations. All that has morphed its way into IOT with amazing advances in communicating with intelligent devices. That lets developers take advantage of whole subsystems of hardware, software, and methods designed for always-on, secure, anywhere communication and control. From pill bottles to patients, to rooms full of imaging gear to Hospital systems our opportunities for excellence in design are everywhere.

    Robert is right — it is an exciting time to be in BioMed.

  • January 18, 2019
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    Harshali Patel

    Healthcare Sector is going to get many benefits from IoT, and so will the patients. With the real-time analysis of the patient’s health, measures can be taken on time, that will reduce the risk of more critical health issues. One such article describes about the different applications of IoT in Healthcare sector. I personally liked that article, you can also add some points from it. https://data-flair.training/blogs/iot-applications-in-healthcare/

  • April 5, 2019
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    Annett Bracher

    These are the benefits of technologies people want to see in today’s world rather than using it for making deadly weapons.

  • June 12, 2019
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    James Smith

    The healthcare industry is on the verge of the Industrial Internet of Things – IoT and Machine to Machine Learning – M2M revolution. This is not limited to medical devices but also cover all ranges of patient care including hospitals and pharmaceuticals. The technology is in its right level of maturity for the industry to start adopting it. The industry can benefit significantly by increasing efficiencies with IoT technology implementations. With the significant drop in the cost of implementing IoT healthcare solutions like Biz4Intellia, the cost is no more a barrier for the industry. For the healthcare industry starting from smart sensors and related medical equipment, to complete integration of end-to-end medical devices, the field is very broad.

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