The IoT healthcare market is projected to grow from USD 41.22 Billion in 2017 to USD 158.07 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 30.8% from 2017 to 2022. (MarketsandMarkets)
Medical care and health care represent one of the most attractive application areas for the IoT. The IoT has the potential to give rise to many medical applications such as remote health monitoring, fitness programs, chronic diseases, and elderly care.
Improved Care by IoT
In order to provide the best quality patient care, clinicians and staff need access to the right equipment at the right time. Moreover, hospital staff needs to better allocate their time to patient care rather than manual documentation and tracking down the right supplies.
Connectivity of health care solutions through cloud computing or other virtual infrastructure gives caregivers the ability to access real time information that enables them to make informed decisions as well as offer treatment that is evidence based. This ensures health care provision is timely and treatment outcomes are improved.
With mobile devices, wearable technologies and comprehensive electronic medical records stored on these devices, clinicians can spend less time doing needless testing or asking redundant questions, eliminating errors, and have more time to focus on the patient’s current problem.
Some hospitals have begun implementing “smart beds” that can detect when they are occupied and when a patient is attempting to get up. It can also adjust itself to ensure appropriate pressure and support is applied to the patient without the manual interaction of nurses. Another area where smart technology could be an asset is coupled with home medication dispensers to automatically upload data to the cloud when medication isn’t taken or any other indicators for which the care team should be alerted.
IoT and Big Data in healthcare is the focus of the 2nd IoT, Big Data Healthcare Summit Western Canada taking place on November 28-29, 2017 in Vancouver, BC. This is the 4th conference in a series of highly successful healthcare summits. Visit the conference website for more information and to download the brochure.
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