22 Jan How The Internet Of Things Is Transforming The Medical Industry
The Internet of Things is, simply put, is the network of physical devices such as cars or appliances embedded with the necessary software and hardware to communicate and share data. This network of connected devices collecting, analyzing, and transmitting data to the cloud and internal servers is heavily utilized in the medical industry specifically and is expected to include 50 billion devices over the next decade. Clinicians, health networks, and patients all benefit and rely on the data that is transmitted via this network. Moreover, the connected-medical-device market is expected to more than triple, from $15 billion in 2017 to $52 billion by 2022, according to the research firm MarketsandMarkets. More information on the overall medical IoT industry can be found at https://href.li/?https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/life-sciences-and-health-care/articles/health-care-current-august14-2018.html.
Areas Of Influence
An area where IoT continues to be very influential is health monitoring. Wearable devices with sensors monitor specific bio-markers such as respiratory rate, surface EMG, and blood pressure and are capable of detecting any abnormalities in real time. The sensors acquire data from the user and send it via a Bluetooth or Zigbee radio signal to a smartphone, after which it will be delivered to a remote server for processing. Analytic software is used to help clinicians visualize and understand the data presented to them almost immediately so they can respond faster. As a result, many users are likely to prevent further progression of a health-related issue that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. This example of IoT can also be used to personalize treatment plans better by being able to recall specific patients records and take that into consideration when providing care. Lastly, it can help lower overall costs by eliminating workload on health care organizations and reducing the number of expensive lab procedures.
Connected devices and sensors tracking bio-markers and other various health-related signals can help healthcare research dramatically. Instead of using standard analytics, real-time field data provided by the IoT is valuable in expanding health care professionals knowledge. This information is also more reliable and useful since its source is a realistic environment. Previously data used for research was often from old cases or controlled environments which produces results that are not quite as reliable or practical.
IoT benefits more than just the patients, it changes how an entire health care system operates. Allowing physical devices inside and outside of the hospital to communicate and aggregate data creates a more modern practice for medicine. When each part of the process is connected and able to share information rapidly to generate comprehensive patient profiles and suggest treatments, all parties reap the benefits. Doctors can save time by having assistance with creating treatment plans and making difficult decisions. Patients can receive care quicker and in some cases, not have to go to the hospital at all, resulting in a more seamless and less congested visit experience.
In conclusion, IoT has been changing health care and will continue to have even more of an impact in the future. There are some challenges that I have not covered in this article, of which IoT manufacturers and developers will have to overcome in order to fulfill the optimistic expectations that many, including myself, have boasted regarding the usefulness of this technology. However, I strongly believe that IoT will play an important role in the future of medicine.