How IoT reshapes healthcare segment
As analyzed by Market Research Engine, the market share of the Internet of Things in the healthcare segment would exceed $158 bn by 2022. Currently, lots of smart devices improving the sphere are applied.
Let us delve into the advantages the IoT industry exposes to healthcare and find out what gadgets help doctors and patients today.
How does IoT reshape healthcare?
IoT for patients
IoT sensors of any kind tracking a patient’s health state are widely applied in medicine.
Sensors monitor and estimate vital indicators informing medical staff in case of serious changes. This helps doctors act quickly in case of emergencies.
Moreover, telemedicine gives an opportunity to get medical aid online. This solves the problem of healthcare delivery in distant areas. Besides, remote health monitoring and specially designed devices allow patients to track various indicators using mobile applications without any help.
IoT for medical establishments
Devices with the embedded IoT technology can be used to control and account drugs and equipment.
For instance, IoT networks storing data on the equipment allow medical staff to quickly and seamlessly find medicine. So, doctors can direct patients to necessary clinics thus avoiding queues and getting effective treatment.
What is more, the equipment may have embedded monitoring sensors that would track its operation. In case of any malfunctions or poor performance, these devices can inform the staff about the problems, which would decrease the time spent on maintenance works.
Examples of IoT in healthcare
Home gadget – Caretaker
The Caretaker startup has developed a smart gadget aimed at monitoring patient’s health condition after discharging from the hospital. The device is put on the wrist in order to measure temperature, blood pressure, as well as control pulse, breathing rate, and blood oxygen level.
Collected information is sent to the user’s smartphone where the special app transfer data to the attending doctor. Therefore, accurate measures allow patients to stay under the control of doctor, completing the rehabilitation at home.
Smart watch to contact doctor
A Russian medical company, DocDoc, has designed a smart watch providing the possibility to contact a doctor immediately in case of emergency.
The smart gadget is integrated with a drug intake calendar as well as pulse and blood pressure sensors.
The watch features the SOS button allowing patients to contact the customer support center where the operator will call the ambulance and inform their relatives of the situation.
Internet of Things in hospital
GE Healthcare has launched AutoBed, a program for finding vacant beds in hospital wards. The system processes applications, checks free and occupied places, and helps to distribute patients throughout the rooms efficiently, taking into account their wishes.
This solution has been already applied at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. As the result, the system managed to allocate emergency department patients to wards faster for an hour.
In 2018, Microsoft introduced smart glasses able to measure a blood pressure.
To monitor changes, users should just wear the glasses: due to optical encoders, they can track the blood current in various arterial areas.
Besides, developers are going to advance the device so that the glasses can help to determine what food and movements cause pressure changes.
Experts will discuss the application of IoT technology in numerous sectors
at the international forum – Internet of Things.