IoT for healthcare: opportunities and challenges

The IoT or Internet of Things is no more a buzz word and it is something really bigger than our expectations. IOT is now used by many different industries including automobiles, electronics, transportation, manufacturing units, utilities, etc. Along with that, it is also widely used in healthcare industries and it is very successful in healthcare when compared to other sectors. The principles of IOT are used in the healthcare sector in order to enhance the quality of care while reducing the cost and the associated risk all at the same time.

Integrating IOT features in medical devices is really beneficial and it increases the effectiveness and quality of service provided by such devices. This is especially useful to those who require constant supervision and to elderly patients.

According to a survey, the spending on healthcare IOT solution which increases tremendously and it will reach approximately $1 trillion by the end of 2025.

There is a broad range of application of IOT in healthcare from preventing diseases to managing chronic diseases and more. It also enhances the patient’s satisfaction as they are to better interact with the doctors. In this episode, we will be talking about the opportunities and challenges of IoT in healthcare industries. So let’s dig a bit deeper and explore the IOT in healthcare.

Provides a Constant Attention

IOT is really helpful for those who are hospitalized and requires a constant attention 24 x 7. The IOT enabled devices are really effective in closely monitoring the health status of such patients. IOT enabled healthcare devices makes use of smart sensors to gather comprehensive physiological data and process it. After examining the data, it then sends it wirelessly to the doctors for further analysis.

Overall it can reduce the need for the physician to visit and check the patients at regular intervals. Instead of that it automatically keeps collecting and sending data. This enhances the quality of care and reduces the cost of treatment by eliminating the need of the doctor.

Builds good trust

Medical devices integrated with IOT features focuses on the need of patients. This means they can actively monitor the health status of the patients, enhances the accuracy of treatments, increases the quality of care and ultimately improves the outcomes of the treatment. This gains the trust of patients.

Reduced Cost

IOT devices deliver a constant flow of patient’s health data to the physicians remotely. This way it decreases the number of visits to the patients as they can now be monitored remotely. Along with that it also allows doctors to take better care of the patients as they are present with each and data reading the patient’s health. Overall by lessening the doctor’s visit, it reduces the cost of treatment without affecting the quality.

Remote Monitoring of Patients

There are thousands of people who are suffering from health issues just because they don’t have access to proper health monitoring. But this problem can be solved by powerful, smart and interrelated IOT devices.

These IOT solutions securely collect the patient’s data using different sensors. The data is then examined with the help of complex algorithms and then is transferred wirelessly to the doctors.

Emergency Alerts

The IOT devices monitor a number of things at the same time, from heart rate, to sleep, perspiration, body temperature, the activity of patients and more. The information gathered from these devices can send alerts to both the patients as well as the doctor in case of an emergency. For example, if the device detects an increase in the heart rate, it can alert the patient regarding the same before it cause any serious problems.

Challenges of IoT in the Healthcare sector

No doubt IOT is really promising in the Healthcare sector, but it still continues to face challenges which might result in IOT failures if not addressed at the shortest possible time.

IOT devices are designed to collect and transfer real-time data. The collection, storage and transferring of data largely depends upon the infrastructure. The infrastructure must be capable of handling a large amount of data obtained by these devices. However, most of the providers still lack the knowledge and infrastructure to process the data.

Also, most of the medical devices lack the security features which results in unauthorized access to the healthcare data of the students.
Other major challenges include lack in the adoption of interoperability, EHR system integration, etc. Addressing these IOT challenges will make the healthcare sector more strong, effective and stable.

IOT has opened new doors in the healthcare sector and is transforming the way the healthcare facilities are delivered to the patients. It is a great system of interrelated or interconnected devices which makes the healthcare better, effective and reduces the cost.

By Rahul Som, CEO and co-founder of Hopinfirst, one of the top Mobile App development Company which provide best ios app development and Android app development Services. Rahul is passionate about Startups, Technology and management and blogs frequently on the topics.

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