Innovations in the Internet of Things are changing almost every industry, among them healthcare. They are helping healthcare professionals to deliver better patient health outcomes through improved patient monitoring.
More healthcare devices than ever are now connected to the Internet to communicate to and with each other to facilitate sharing of healthcare information through powerful networks build on JDE and other Enterprise solutions.
IoT Systems Are Improving Patient Outcomes
IoT-based monitoring systems help healthcare providers to collect and transmit real-time data and information from patients. They can then analyze that data to discover patterns that then help in delivering better healthcare interventions. This improves outcomes.
Monitoring patients outside hospitals
The Internet of Things devices use sensors, wireless technology, and cyber security protocols to monitor patients remotely. These devices can be placed either in the homes, hospital rooms, or carried along by patients in the case of wearable devices.
These systems free the patient from having to stay at the hospital all the time while receiving care. They can stay at home and undertake other activities if they can, or even reduce hospital bills because there will be no bed costs to pay daily.
These also help patients to better take control of their health situations and live comfortably in their own environments.
At the same time, doctors can receive real time information on the patients and take the necessary medical action they need to improve the patients’ health conditions.
Heart monitoring systems
This technology includes smart watches with the ability to monitor heart rate. These can be bought at electronic stores easily.
They help in treating a variety of body conditions such as blood pressure.
This advanced medical technology involves the use of contact lenses that carry sensors on them. They are helping doctors to understand eye-related problems and conditions such as hypoglycemia.
For instance, they can help track glucose in tears in real-time and aid in the understanding of these eye conditions. Because they do not involve taking a blood sample from the patient, they have better patient comfort and safety.
The healthcare system has also increased use of IoT based monitoring systems due to COVID-19. They have been applied in treating Covid-19 patients without having the patients spending days in hospital.
These systems help to track a patient’s blood pressure, heart rates, oxygenation and other issues. This improves treatment times, prevents spread of viruses, and improves diagnosis outcomes by facilitating data-driven diagnosis.
Remote monitoring is possible through interconnected devices such as asthma monitors, insulin pens, and inhalers. We also have wearable devices like biosensors in addition to the well-known smart watches. Wearable biosensors aid in the prevention of diseases and creation of remote hospitals. For instance, they have been applied to detect deterioration signs in COVID 19 patients.
This device adheres to the chest and will collect information such as heart and respiratory rates of patients. This device can also help track other information such as ambulation, activity level, and posture in patients.
During the coronavirus pandemic, these devices have also aided in infection tracking. An example of such devices is the smart thermometer, which has been used at individual level and hospital level.
It demonstrates how regions can use smart devices to control and manage outbreaks and illnesses affecting masses. These devices also have capabilities to advise patients on what to do or where to go for help in case they need.
Aiding in generating valuable data for future use
Healthcare relies heavily on diagnosis data from previous patients and medical conditions. Medical professionals learn how to treat patients in future by studying data collected about similar conditions in the past.
Healthcare IoT systems are helping to improve healthcare by collecting useful information about new conditions like coronavirus. Further, this data stored in databases will help healthcare providers to make better decisions about monitoring patients in future at lower costs.
Analyzing patient data
IoT devices are promoting innovation of software that can help healthcare providers to analyze patient data. This helps them to uncover new patterns that help make better choices in regard to treating patients. These patterns also help them to make better healthcare management decisions.
IoT devices are also directly being applied in remote disease identification. The devices are also being applied in improving diagnosis, for instance by predicting the outcomes under different intervention conditions. They identify and predict outcomes even faster and better than would doctors. These devices make use of machine learning and artificial intelligence.