The healthcare industry can be benefited the most through the IoT revolution. By building IoT-based systems in hospitals and clinics, along with establishing IoT-based outpatient monitoring solutions, hospitals can improve access to patient care, while increasing care quality and reducing operating costs.
The basic building blocks of an IoT-based system are sensors that collect patient data, Internet gateways for transmitting that data and cloud computing to store and process this data. The smart cloud platform is also used to analyze this data to generate valuable insights for doctors and medical staff.
Since it is essential to extract useful insights out of the collected data, the healthcare systems even require the incorporation of an ML algorithm and AI capabilities along with IoT.
The final stage involves the creation of web and mobile applications which the medical staff can use to decide on the next course of action. In patient-centric IoT systems, the patients are also given mobile apps and even wearables for monitoring their health.
The Internet of Things has countless uses in healthcare. It can be applied at every step of the process, whether it is a smart sensor, device incorporation, or the convenience of remote monitoring. Since IoT can assist the medical practitioner in delivering service, it can help in keeping patients safe and healthy as well.
Once this system is in place, one of the major uses is in creating a better chronic disease management system. Today, many sensors can be used for monitoring patients with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among several others. Off-the-shelf and specialized wearables can help patients and doctors carry out activity monitoring.
These devices record data. The data gathered can be used for patient monitoring and analysis. Senior citizens and individuals with conditions that require them to be in assisted living facilities can also benefit from an IoT system. For such patients, monitors can send alert to doctors in real-time about
their vital signs or if any abnormal development takes place.
What you can do with IoT in the healthcare industry
- Remote patient monitoring
- Assisted living
- Hospital asset management
- Improved drug management
- Hand hygiene compliance
- Chronic disease management
- Behavior modification
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