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Internet of Things: Devices and tools that revolutionize healthcare

11/9/2015,
by Anna Umanenko, CMO
Internet of Things in healthcare

 

The idea of the Internet of Things (IoT) began its history in the 1990s. From that time, it has evolved into an intelligent concept that is gradually seizing the world of technologies, bringing to life the idea of connecting information, devices and humans not only locally, but on a global scale, to offer efficiency and improve the user's experience.

The sky is the limit when it comes to the choice of a field, industry or business where IoT can be usefully applied. Currently healthcare shows the highest potential in the opportunities that IoT can offer to help lower the costs for patients and improve the overall quality of services provided by medical staff.

 

How IoT is different from the Internet we all know

 

The Internet of Things, unlike the ordinary Web that we use in a daily life, consists of a network of devices that are connected to each other directly with the purpose of sharing information between each other and the cloud. Considering the modern, typically hectic lifestyle, the need to simplify data collection where it is possible, but without direct human involvement, is becoming more and more important.  

 

sensor and connectivity in IoT

 

In the healthcare system, the sensor and connectivity technology used today allows the capture, maintenance and automatic processing of patient data, lowering the chances of making a mistake and increasing efficiency.

 

Benefits of IoT trend in healthcare

 

The greatest benefit that IoT in healthcare provides is helping prevent the large amount of errors caused by incorrect treatment, human inability to respond rapidly or other mistakes resulting from poor staff attention and related factors. The new network technology specifically allows:

  • Collecting, sharing and analyzing health data received in real time
  • Providing better treatment based on more specific data
  • Reaching a wider range of healthcare providers

 

IoT in healthcare

 

IoT tools and devices used to improve healthcare

 

The use of IoT in healthcare is currently represented through the use of the following major categories of tools and devices:

 

  • Wearable wireless medical devices.

These medical tools allow the monitoring of patients? health (especially of those who suffer from chronic illnesses) while they are at home. They receive information about their basic physical state (e.g., measuring blood pressure or heart rate), collect data and send the data to the hospital or doctor's office. The Internet of Things in healthcare offers wearable devices that use ultrasound to send data and provide remote control or have push buttons that activate emergency medical assistance.

 

  • Talking medical apps and devices.

We live in an era when devices can talk and remind patients about taking a medicine or updating their prescriptions. The devices can even provide the much needed advice or training on how to conduct certain medical procedures. 

 

  • Cloud based platforms.

At another level, the Internet of Things in healthcare is developing wireless devices that collect, store and display clinical data and are able to interoperate with other medical devices and apps.

 

How our company stays tuned with the development of healthcare tools

 

Our team recently took part in the development of an online medical tool that represents a detailed 3D body model that can be widely applied by practitioners to make medical notes and share visual medical information with their patients. The data regarding a patient's physical state is saved in an online database and is available for viewing by both doctors and patients.

 

The 3D medical tool provides the following features:

  • Viewing the human body fully or an organ or system separately.

The tool provides a 3D model of each organ, so the doctor can easily turn it around to add a note. The patient can access the records and actually see where the problem exists.

  • Determining the location of the disease.

Red flashing lights help identify the location and severity of the condition. This option allows viewing a specific organ or the whole body model.

  • Tracking health issues.

The tool allows the addition and editing of notes, so whenever a patient visits the doctor, health issues are easily updated to reflect the current situation.

  • Conducting a comparison study of the healthcare conditions.

The tool allows comparison of changes in the physical state of a given patient for a selected period of time.

The product's features help patients that are not familiar with the anatomy to actually see the problem and follow the changes that are happening as part of their treatment plan.

 

 

What will happen to IoT in healthcare in several years

 

Some experts estimate that by 2020, there will be at least 26 billion devices and tools that will benefit the healthcare system and be either upgraded or specifically developed to fit into the IoT concept.  

 

IoT concept in healthcare

 

To continue to make stable progress and growth, many companies are concentrating their efforts on growing the number of medical tools available to provide the most up-to-date information about a patient. Our company is proud to be part of a project that can be so impactful on the lives of so many.  

 

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