Internet Of Things (IoT) In Healthcare: Role, And Benefits
In today’s time, the healthcare industry is not limited to doctors and patients only, there is a third appendage currently connected to it, i.e. technology. However, as we all know technology or science is now on the next level, but it can’t stop the increasing population, aging or diseases. It is making the healthcare system easier, accessible anytime, anywhere, and even it is easy on the pocket.
Let’s Discuss the Role of IoT in Healthcare Space
Internet of Things (IoT) is a boon for all types of industries and it is ruling almost every industry. The uses of it among the industries are telling everything about its popularity. IoT, likewise, is a game-changer technology in the healthcare space that continues growing with the vision of assuring better healthcare services. It’s simplifying the way people, machine and apps connect and interact with each other in the ecosystem.
Various healthcare or medical device manufacturers around the world are adopting this technology to revolutionize and make the healthcare system smarter and more effective. Thus, in recent time, phenomenal changes have been seen in the healthcare industry. With more and more patients using smart devices are getting the right treatment over time, whereas doctors can remotely check the patients and make recommendations accordingly.
Moreover, the Internet of Things in health is bringing new applications, tools, and software that not only making better patient care easier but also increasing accessibility, efficiency and reducing the healthcare costs. The impact of all these can be enough to make the healthcare industry stronger.
As per the reports, over 100 million healthcare IoT devices are installed worldwide and this figure is expected to increase up to 161 million by 2020.
Have a look at jaw-dropping statistics that are making a huge impact on the healthcare industry-
- 64% use of IoT in the healthcare industry is in patient monitoring.
- Around 60% of healthcare organizations are using IoT devices into their facilities.
- Around 73% of healthcare organizations are using IoT for monitoring and maintenance.
- Nearly 87% of healthcare organizations are planning to adopt IoT technology by 2019.
- 89% of healthcare organizations have suffered from IoT related security breach.
- The healthcare IoT market will grow up to 534.3 billion by 2025.
Benefits of IoT in Healthcare
Remote Medical Assistance
Around 50.2 million people remotely monitored using connected healthcare devices. And this growth rate is increasing the demand of the remote monitoring healthcare system.
IoT-enabled healthcare devices connected with smartphone app collect medical data and send them directly to the doctor or physician. And upon them, the doctor checks the patient’s condition, enroll a patient on a planned check-up and suggest medication. With this, it is now easy taking care of patients in case of medical emergency like asthma attacks, diabetes, heart failure, etc. Thus, these connected devices, thereby, save the time required for patient care in the hospital. As an advantage, a remote monitoring healthcare system helps in cutting down the costs.
IoT in healthcare can be added in remote monitoring, wearable biometric, smart sensors, and medical device integration.
Improve Patient Health
Patients are getting real-time information about their health using mobile applications, wearable, and connected devices. Overall the technology is improving the health of patients. As using medical devices or wearable devices, they can check their blood pressure, oxygen and blood sugar levels, weight, and ECGs. Important data can be collected to consult with the doctor or physician. Thus, IoT ensures that every tiny medical record is taken to make the most important decisions related to health.
Enhanced Disease Management
IoT provides a number of possibilities for hospitals or healthcare service provider to collect relevant and real-time information about their patients. And treat them with a better result. It significantly improves disease management by reducing errors, and enhance the patient experience.
Healthcare with IoT is significantly changing the way people, and machine interacts with each other. The patients are saving their time and cost without actually going out or visiting the hospitals. In particular, the patients are taking home care facilities and cutting down cost on hospital stays and re-admissions.
There are various healthcare devices available in the market that you can use for a variety of purposes. In this era, the wearable device is now in trending as it provides relevant information about health such as heart rate, blood pressure and more. Using the medical device, the patient can set reminders to take medications on time and even inform medical professionals if the patient fails to adhere to medications.
Improved Patient Experience
The IoT apps, wearable devices, and smartphone are really doing a good job in order to improve the patient’s health. The connected devices provide a seamless connection and real-time information of medical reports in order to improve the patient experience. Thus, patients can communicate with the doctors through video call, whereas the real-time data helps doctors to check the patient’s condition.
Another area in the medical or healthcare domain where IoT technology is making a positive impact is Drug Management. It’s a multi-billion dollar business that is taking the benefits of IoT in order to maintain the cost of drugs. Whether it’s a storage facility in a hospital or a drug store, IoT devices ensure for covering different verticals such as manufacturing, inventory, distribution, monitoring and more.
IoT influences both the way we work and we live. IoT in healthcare solves various health-related problems. From doctors, patients, to drug manufacturers, everyone is getting the perks in order to simplify various health-related tasks.
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