The Three Key Areas in Healthcare
IoT enabled devices have made remote monitoring in the healthcare sector possible, unlocking the potential to keep patients safe and healthy, and empowering physicians to deliver improved care. It has also increased patient engagement and satisfaction as interactions with doctors have become easier and more efficient. Added to that, remote monitoring of patient’s health helps to reduce the length of hospital stays and reduces re-admissions.
To surmise, IoT has a major impact on reducing healthcare costs and improving treatment outcomes.
IoT for Patients
Wirelessly connected devices in the form of wearables such as blood pressure and heart rate monitoring cuffs, glucometers and general fitness bands etc. give patients access to personalised attention. These devices can also alert primary caregivers of the need for assistance when it comes to elderly or disabled patients. For example, fall detection. This allows patients to live more indepentely within the community.
IoT for Doctors
By using wearables and other home monitoring equipment embedded with IoT, doctors can keep track of patients health more effectively. They can track patients adherence to treatment plans or any need for immediate medical attention. IoT enables healthcare professionals to be more watchful and connect with the patients proactively. Data collected from IoT devices can help physicians identify the best treatment process for patients and reach the expected outcomes.
IoT devices tagged with sensors can also be used for tracking real time location of medical equipment like wheelchairs, defibrillators, nebulisers, oxygen pumps and other monitoring equipment. Deployment of medical staff at different locations can also be analysed in real time.
IoT for Hospitals
The spread of infections is a major concern for patients in hospitals. IoT enabled hygiene monitoring devices can help in preventing patients from becoming infected. IoT devices also help in asset management like pharmacy inventory control, and environmental monitoring, for example, checking refrigerator temperature, humidity and temperature control.