The Internet of Medical Things. Connected Healthcare

IoT use cases and predictions for the healthcare industry. The Internet of Medical Things.

Bringing smart connections and new opportunities, the Internet of Medical Things is about to transform the healthcare industry. Under the impact of the healthcare digital transformation, IoT-based approaches are starting to be widely introduced here.

Healthcare providers have a lot of issues that IoT applications can solve or improve. Remote monitoring and maintenance of medical equipment, remote monitoring of patient health and treatment, data collection, a reduced number of errors, and so on.

According to the report by Allied Market Research, the global IoT healthcare market will reach $136.8 billion by 2021. Already now, 3.7 million medical devices are being used.

Here are some important insights into the Internet of Things in healthcare:

  • 60% of healthcare organizations worldwide have already had IoT technology integrated into their facilities.
  • By 2019, 87% of healthcare providers will have introduced IoT solutions in their work.
  • IDC report predicts that 40% of healthcare organizations will use IoT-enabled biosensors by 2019.
  • 80% reported an increase in innovation with the implementation of IoT solutions, Aruba Network says.
  • According to the report by Aruba Network on the state of IoT, 73% of healthcare providers managed to save costs due to the use of IoT applications.
  • The market segment of smart pills is predicted to reach $6.93 billion by 2020.
  • The most popular IoT applications in healthcare organizations are patient monitoring and maintenance – 73%, and remote operation and control – 50%.

With the upcoming creation of the fully connected healthcare industry, there comes a new concept, called the Internet of Medical Things.

The Internet of Medical Things

The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is a network of connected healthcare devices and applications that gather data and transmit them to the central IT system for further analysis. There is a wide range of network participants, including sensors, wearables, mobile apps, smart beds, smart pills, and health measurement devices.

The IoMT is going to change and modify the way how we treat people, keep them safe and healthy, and collect information. It can provide healthcare organizations with real-time data, automatically alert about potential issues before they are critical, help improve patient care, control energy consumption, and much more. 

Connected hospitals

There is a variety of IoT use cases for hospitals to integrate and make the environment totally connected. RFID and smart devices, IoT-enabled assets, and traditional IoT cross-industry applications: predictive maintenance of hospital assets, connected equipment, the collection of real-time data, tracking of various devices. 

Concerning examples, monitoring of medical equipment allows to track its “health”, predict, when some part will need replacement, alert about breaks, and automatically order repairs when required.

Beacons and motion sensors enable healthcare providers to track medical equipment, employees, and even patients in real-time, resulting in the improvement of patient care, right estimations of staff work efficiency and patient health status, and a lot more.

Speaking of connected patients, IoT technology can be successfully used for sending them automatic reminders about taking medication, health check-ups, and appointments with mobile applications. Thus, connected IoT hospitals result in more advanced data, enhanced patient treatment, cost savings, and workflow automation.

Get to know the top 4 IoT applications in the healthcare industry. 

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