The convenience of connecting products and services to the Internet of Things (IOT) has definitely brought changes to the health care business scenario. It is servicing both the patient and providers, thus widening the space for the health care industry.
The connection with the network enabled mobile and sensors will enable the health care industry work to the future. It gives the health experts the chance for utilizing the intellectual system and helps them in performing their task at an advanced level.
Now a day the popularity of the health care is increasing. The first impact is on patient safety, then tracking the health conditions, improvement in the operational excellence of the hospitals and outcomes. Anyhow some of the connectable examples are listed below:
The list of emergencies reported at hospitals is numerous and one of the most common one is sepsis. According to the medical some of the vital changes can indicate the possibility of septic shock. Once an emergency is received, the most important thing the caregiver is instructed to do is noting down the patients vital before giving device assistance. One of the greatest drawbacks of such approach may be a delay in analyzing the emergency or error possibility. This may lead to death of the patient, which could otherwise be prevented. Still this manual assistance is being practiced by many.
But with technology enabled assistance, vitals will be directly stored to the digital chart of the patient. So once this data is registered in the digital chart, it is run through special algorithms that have been derived from a similar patient history. This has been found too much helpful in predicting sepsis. Like that many other resources are available with health care being connected to IOT. In many ways it is making health care more safer when compared with the earlier period.
We all know that every hospital is depended on advanced equipments. It has been found that apart from the purchasing price, these equipments are costlier for maintenance too. The real time performance status of the device and its optimization data can be collected by connecting with advanced systems or IOT. This helps in predicting the machine failure and efficiency of the system.
One of the most common practices that can be seen today is automating the infusion pumps. The advantage of bar coding is it helps in verifying 5 important elements for administrating medication. These elements include:
IOT is improving the accuracy of the automating the medical devices. This will reduce the risk of matching the patient data incorrectly and also the provider data. It is so much advanced and any error for the medical practitioner will be notified on the real time. The pharmacy is also enabled with technology and so the result is seeing on the supply management too. With the pharmacy having a real time information system, lack of medicine availability of a department will be automatically notified and so supply is enabled in no time. So IOT is optimizing the supply management chain also.
Now, the approach of the practitioner is to keep a patient healthy before they go into an emergency condition or is referred for a higher level of treatment. The consumer devices that come in wearable forms are gaining popularity as it helps in tracking the personal health. The health professionals are now administering remote patient monitoring devices that help in tracking chronic health conditions like pulmonary diseases, heart failure and diabetes. Here medical conditions of the patient are tracked by the health care team through virtual connected systems and are assisted when required. This reduces frequent visits to hospitals and at the same time keeping the health chart balanced.
With more and more advancements coming on the way, the health care industry will definitely enlarge its presence. The greatest advancement is regarding the consumer directed services that will be enabled with more technological intelligence. A liberated flow of information over the system will enhance the quality of care and help in receiving specialized personal care.