How IOT (Internet of Things) Can Organize Your Health Data

Internet of Things (IoT) has captured the world in a big way, finding varied applications in industries such as energy, automotive, manufacturing, consumer, and many more. However, IoT applications are still in a very nascent stage when it comes to healthcare, which is unfortunate considering the fact that IoT has the potential to revolutionize healthcare in ways that benefit both patients and healthcare professionals alike. Monitoring devices like electrocardiogram machines, wearable heart rate monitors, and blood sugar monitors can be IoT enabled to collect, display, and report patient data. Smart beds used in some hospitals can inform the staff when the patient has left the bed. IoT enabled medication dispensers can alert the pharmacy when medicines need to be refilled, as well as alert medical staff when the patient misses a dose. IoT enabled devices can transmit real-time patient data to healthcare professionals which can help them to administer treatments quickly and more effectively. Doctors can continue to monitor critical cases and provide care, even when the patient is at a remote location. Such remote healthcare reduces the number of hospital visits required by patients, thus diminishing the burden on hospital staff. It can cut down manual activities to a large extent by automating the monitoring and reporting of health statistics. Medicare estimates that nearly $17 billion is spent each year on readmission costs, and most of these re-admissions are due to complications arising from manageable diseases like diabetes. IoT enabled monitoring devices aid proactive health management by alerting patients and healthcare professionals to adverse health conditions, so timely care can be arranged before the situation worsens.


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