Understanding Healthcare IoT

Posted by Noteworth on Nov 9, 2020 8:15:00 AM

While we have not quite reached Terminator status where AI and machines will take over the world, we have come to a place where technology that is connected to the internet is improving the ability for physicians to monitor, collect data, assess and proactively intervene to improve the patient care journey. A big part of this is the rise of Healthcare IoT.

What Is HIoT?

If you aren’t familiar with the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) then ZDNET.com offers this explanation:

“The Internet of Things, or IoT, refers to the billions of physical devices around the world that are now connected to the internet, all collecting and sharing data. Thanks to the arrival of super-cheap computer chips and the ubiquity of wireless networks, it's possible to turn anything, from something as small as a pill to something as big as an aeroplane, into a part of the IoT. Connecting up all these different objects and adding sensors to them adds a level of digital intelligence to devices that would be otherwise dumb, enabling them to communicate real-time data without involving a human being.”

And as you can imagine, IoT has also begin to proliferate the healthcare market as well. There are three primary categories of HIoT (Healthcare IoT):

  • Stationary medical devices: This category includes devices such as clinical operations (surgical devices) and connected imaging (X-ray machines and MRI machines), lab tests, patient health monitoring, drug delivery, and medication management.
  • Implanted medical devices: This category includes implantable infusion pumps and other drug-delivery devices, cardiac pacemakers, implantable neurostimulator systems, glucose monitors.
  • Wearable external devices: This category includes devices like the apple watch, fitbit and devices that monitor blood pressure, EKG, temperature, continuous glucose, oxygen level, etc.

An article in MedTechIntelligence titled “How IoT is Reshaping Healthcare” adds an interesting perspective on these technologies:

“While each of these technologies is focused on one aspect or another of human health, they share a common concern with digital technologies used in retail, finance, government, and essentially every other segment of the economy: Security. Not only is health-related data one of a person’s most sensitive types of private information, its confidentiality is also protected by law both in the United States, by the HIPPA rules, in Europe by GDPR, as well as in other parts of the world. Protection against data loss is a top priority for healthcare IoT, particularly at a time when hospitals have emerged as a new focus of cyberattacks, but the growing complexity of electronic networks and the gap in data handling skills by healthcare workers presents constant risks of unintentional exposure and impedes the growth of connected systems.”

IoT Is Reshaping Healthcare

It is not a matter of “if” but “when” more IoT is available to other areas of the patient care journey. According to IoT for all:

“IoT in healthcare can improve the quality of service and dramatically reduce healthcare costs. IoT is already in some parts of healthcare, but it has much more potential to radically changes hospitals and medicine.”

The article goes on to say:

“For all the intents and purposes, IoT in healthcare has begun to pave its path and employed as a practice among caregivers and patients changing the way patient care was defined in previous decades.”

Bottomline is that developments in HIoT will continue to push the boundaries of healthcare and improve the patient care journey along the way.

HIoT And Digital Medicine

While we have discussed at length what Digital Medicine can do to idealize the patient care journey, we must recognize the role that new HIoT devices will serve to further that value proposition. It is alos important to begin with a Digital Medicine platform that can accommodate new develepments as they become available.

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Topics: digital medicine, HIoT, healthcare IoT