The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the healthcare industry, improving the lives of patients, providers, and stakeholders. A new study by Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, found that by 2019, 87% of healthcare organizations will have adopted Internet of Things (IoT) technology and 76% believe it will transform the healthcare industry. The introduction of IoT for healthcare will have profound impacts, changing the way healthcare employees work, resulting in cost savings for hospitals and providers alike. Here are three ways IoT will disrupt the healthcare industry.
Wearable IoT devices will help patients and providers.
Connected devices worn by patients can monitor blood pressure, temperature, physical position, breathing, and more. The device can then send the information to doctors and nurses who can remotely understand if the patient needs hospital attention or not. Not only does this keep the patient safe if there is an emergency and the patient is alone, but it also helps providers. Patients will not need to go to the hospital unnecessarily, taking time and resources away from patients who need emergency help. Remote monitoring will ultimately help both the patients and health providers save money and be more efficient with a diagnosis.
“Smart” hospitals change maintenance completely.
Connected devices in a hospital revolutionize the way that staff can manage the maintenance of the building, assets, and even people. The technology of IoT for healthcare means real-time knowledge of the location of and the condition of all hospital assets. Furthermore, predictive analytics can alert employees to a possible breakdown of machines, reducing downtime and increasing productivity. And, hospital maintenance managers will be able to monitor items such as temperature, humidity, and air regulation of the hospital remotely. “Smart” beds can monitor patients, easing the burden off of hospital staff, allowing them to treat more critical cases first. Finally, knowing where people are in real-time allows a faster response in emergency situations.
Real-time data improves patient records.
Whether patients are using wearable devices or laying in a “smart” hospital bed, data is collected and added to their electronic record without the need for a human. This process allows nurses to care for patients rather than collect data on them continuously throughout the day and night. Doctors can then make data-driven decisions based off of information in the patient records. Furthermore, both doctors and nurses will have access to patient data collected while the patient was outside of the hospital, giving them a more holistic idea of each case.
IoT for healthcare is set to improve the entire industry, helping patients, hospitals, and all hospital employees provide a better service. This technology will also provide cost-cutting solutions to all players, improving the experience for everyone.
Aruba, The Internet of Things: Today and Tomorrow, 2017. http://news.arubanetworks.com/press-release/arubanetworks/iot-heading-mass-adoption-2019-driven-better-expected-business-results