The Internet of Things (IoT) is an intriguing concept where we get to know more about the ecosystem of connected physical devices or objects to the internet. These things in IoT are the objects with an assigned IP address which are capable to collect as well as transfer data over a network. IoT is making its presence known among the other industry sector as well with its IoT Security and IoT Analytics. These industries are Transportation, Oil & Gas, Retail, Manufacturing, and Healthcare, where a new term has started to emerge known as the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT).
Why Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)
With the Internet of Medical Things, we are able to receive the benefits of IoT in the Healthcare and Medicine field. These IoT platforms can highly favor the Healthcare organizations in reducing the high-end medical procedure cost, improving the process efficiency, and productivity. These IoT platforms can not only enable the devices/objects to identify and observe but also to understand the situation as per its surroundings without being entirely dependent on human help. Even the top-notch Mobile App Development Companies are now focusing on developing apps with IoT technology for Healthcare sector.
IoT Healthcare Solutions are here to improve processes with medical equipment and evolve patient’s health care. The IoT solutions allow to monitor the medical assets, maintain vital equipment while tracking their usage. With this Remote Monitoring, the healthcare providers will now be able to understand more about their patients and can offer personalized healthcare solutions which can change the outlook of this industry in remarkable ways.
Examples of IoT in Healthcare
In order to be more familiar with the concept of IoMT or IoT in Healthcare, let’s have a look at some of the examples of the Internet of Things in Healthcare sector:
For Coagulation Testing
The first ever device for the purpose of Coagulation Testing was launched 2 years back by ‘Roche’. This device was a Bluetooth-enabled device for coagulation system that allows the patients to check how quickly does their blood clots. With the help of this device, the anticoagulated patients will have the ability to self-test themselves and know their therapeutic range hence lower their risk of bleeding. Also, this device is able to transmit the patient’s results to their Healthcare providers that mean lesser clinic visits.
Smart Contact Lens
Novartis is aiming to develop connecting contact lens which involves Smart Lens Technology that will eventually be able to measure the level of glucose in patients suffering from diabetes. This stored information can further be transferred into a mobile device so that the patient can know the results and take appropriate actions in regards to it. The App Developers in Sydney are also rooting for Smart Lens Technology to change the face of IoT Healthcare.
The Ingestible Sensors
The whole concept of digital healthcare with ingestible sensors has been in the limelight for quite some time now. Here, the key objective of this technology is to monitor the internal situation and health of a person with the help of these ingestible sensors. So, when the pill dissolves in a person’s stomach, it produces a minute signal which is easily detected by the sensor worn by that person. With this, the recorded health data by the sensor can be forwarded to a mobile device or a medical app.
Use of Activity Trackers
Medidata is a cloud research firm that has been testing the use of the activity trackers from the past year or two. The key motive with IoT here is to collect information on the patient’s lifestyle and then analyzing that gathered data. For this, the patients would have to wear Activity Trackers for a time period required by their treatment course. The data collected will be saved in Patient’s Medidata ePRO App in their smartphones. Using this data about the daily activities of the patient, various medical aspects can be uncovered on patient’s health.
The Healthcare sector with IoMT is on a journey to transform the traditional healthcare technology and deliver lower cost healthcare facilities to the majority of the population. There’s no doubt that the fusion of Healthcare and Internet of Things will create endless opportunities for businesses, people, and even industries in the upcoming future.