Fitbits and Smart Healthcare
Smart Medical Devices – (Healthcare)
The implication of being able to access more data in the healthcare sector has massive connotations: lifesaving ones. If we are able to monitor disease and then analyse the data then IoT enables us to develop new treatments: curative and preventative. The Internet of Things has numerous applications in the healthcare sector including remote monitoring via smart sensors and medical device integration.
Monitoring Patient data via connected devices
This is the most established area in IoT healthcare. Monitoring patients’ vital signs, i.e. EKG statistics for diagnostic and disease management purposes. Care of the elderly is a large market for IoT healthcare, tracking movement in residential care homes and sheltered accommodation from a care-taking perspective, along with monitoring of medical stats and even engagement in activities to provide feedback and customise services.
IoT for medical device integration.
In the health and fitness sector Fitbits and smartwatches are all the rage to track steps and measure heartrates during exercise. The innovations around this are how to integrate the data generated by patients using these type of devices into the healthcare system and record relevant data directly onto a patient medical record.
Healthcare workflow optimisation
Putting hospitals’ wireless infrastructure to work for them by monitoring patient, staff or visitor data using ID badges and wrist bands enables workflow optimisation. IoT potentially enables hospitals and medical centres to operational insight and streamline processes.
IoT for inventory management
The healthcare sector are slow adopters when it comes to integrating data insight collected from devices into MIS such as ERP solutions.
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