The Internet of things (IOT) has ushered in a new era of innovation. IOT applications range from transportation and manufacturing to smart home control and automation, and even entertainment. It is worth noting that the healthcare industry also benefits from the Internet of things. When applied to the health care industry, the Internet of things carries great potential. From drug management to patient monitoring, its use is almost unlimited. Let’s see how the Internet of things revolutionizes the healthcare industry.
One of the most practical Internet of things use cases is remote monitoring and reporting. In health care, too. Usually, patients will receive so-called remote health or remote patient monitoring. Telemedicine practice can greatly reduce the cost of patients, and even improve the efficiency of medical practitioners. According to healthcare die, biotricity uses its BIOLUX Internet of things ECG monitoring device to remotely record patient data. Similarly, bodyguardian provides a remote cardiac monitoring solution, which makes it possible to remotely monitor the patient’s heart.
Wearable devices are all the rage. These Internet of things devices, which are different from commercial ones, such as apple watch, Garmin fitness wearable devices and fitbits, are peddling monitoring functions. With built-in heart rate monitoring, pedometer, and even VO2max tracking, key statistical data can be collected and analyzed. For end-users and healthcare providers, these statistics are critical to health issues. Wearable devices usually use Bluetooth or other wireless communication protocols to send data from the device to mobile phones, tablets or computers, and usually have a supporting application for summarizing data for trend analysis.
The Internet of things has proven to be very useful in supply chain and inventory management. This is still true in healthcare, but inventory may fall into two areas: equipment and personnel. Real time tracking can be used to identify the location of various people and devices as well as operational problems. For example, if processes are efficient, what are the most and least used devices, and other management statistics. In addition, it offers a number of benefits, such as automatic ordering of drugs when inventory falls below a certain level.
Similarly, the Internet of things can also be applied to drug management. While this sounds like a science fiction writer’s invention, pills can have tiny sensors that can communicate with wearable devices (usually patches) to determine the appropriate dosage. The collected data can be used for patient monitoring to ensure that medication is administered as expected（ A hospital in San Diego, California launched RFID drug management system, which not only increased the benefits of drug management, but also increased the accuracy of inventory tracking.
In the field of public health, the Internet of things has proved to be crucial. Companies like nexleaf provide technology to improve health care in rural communities. For example, nexleaf’s coldtrace system provides remote temperature monitoring for vaccine refrigerators, so public health officials can provide comprehensive safety checks, even in remote places. Similarly, its stovetrace is also a cloud based remote monitoring solution for stoves. Stoves track indicators and even reward users who cook in a low-carbon way.
Aclima has developed a mobile sensing platform for better analysis of urban air quality. Google has installed and supported the aclima sensor on the streetscape car. This is an excellent and far-reaching IOT solution for discovering valuable data on air quality and its impact on people’s health.
The benefits of the Internet of things in the field of health care are enormous. In particular, when integrated with healthcare, the Internet of things can be used to improve hospital operation efficiency, improve patient care, and even provide accessible solutions for wearable technology. However, whenever the network connection plays a role, there will be security problems, and the Internet of things is no exception in the field of health care. Internet of things devices are vulnerable. Although people used to only care about patient data and whether they meet regulatory requirements, they still need to care about the potential risks of hackers.