The Internet of Things storm is already started to blow in and there is no area that is not going to be untouched by it. Healthcare is no surprise. Internet of Things iot is bound to revolutionize the world of healthcare in a big way. Let us explore the possibilities and the promise IoT in healthcare holds.
The hospital plays the key role in a healthcare ecosystem. In an onsite healthcare scenario as well as an offsite scenario like that of a home, health monitoring is very important aspect. To add more adjectives and qualifying it more……timely remote monitoring.
1. With IoT the whole thing about monitoring is going to change from being reactive monitoring to proactive monitoring!!
Gone will be the days when the patient’s relatives or some one raising the alarm and going about calling a nurse or doctor if the patient’s situation worsens. Currently touted IoT based monitoring would be able to monitor multiple parameters and may be proactively raise alarms before it gets to a point where the situation has worsened and it becomes visible. Thus it would help healthcare in making preventive interventions possible.
2. More and more iot devices are going to be available and smart healthcare will be pervasive and more cheaper and accessible
One classic example of how much these things are becoming reality – the new apple watch is speculated to carry ECG monitor. Thus wearables are going to be in a position to monitor key parameters like Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, Sugar Levels, ECG etc. These are going to be available in public domain and these would be able to transmit data secure in open data formats using common means of communication like Wifi/Bluetooth/NFC.
3. Ever flowing Real time “Live” data as well as history would be available
With more these devices becoming available the cost of these devices and the cost of monitoring is going to go lower. Moreover the doctors are going to be getting more of live health data instead of the sample data as it is now. Thus the doctors can now get to see daily basis how the Blood Pressure of a patient fluctuates and then may be able to adjust the dosage based on this data. Thus the entire patient engagement model changes now. The patient monitors collect data like an in-process metric.
4. The data would now be reliable and “Real”
Thus no longer the doctor would need to ask – are you exercising regularly? are you regularly taking pills? (This is possibly a pill box which sends out message to the monitoring app every time a pill is taken out, there is even a concept of “smart pill” which sends a signal once in stomach!! ). Thus there will always a data is ready for reckoning. No longer one would be treating based on subjective data provided by the patient. Thus one can be more accurately checking whether patients are adhering to the course of treatment based on a very objective data as well as a data source in the IoMT devices.
5. The entire healthcare landscape is poised for change with Personalized Healthcare!!
Now many are talking about smart homes enabled for personalized patient care and home monitoring. Thus the patient can be housed at the comfort of his home and a nurse could be posted. In case there is emergencies there can help moved in from near by Healthcare stations. This would help reduce the need for large public hospitals and reduce the Government spends on healthcare. Additionally this money can be put to use to provide better services.
Thus IoT is set to open up new avenues for Healthcare Industry, these in no way would lead to replacement of the Doctors or Healthcare providers instead would enable and enhance their effectiveness!!
The future of Healthcare is no less than a science fiction coming true…