Coming of IOT In HealthCare
With all of the amazing prospects that the technology world has witnessed in the development of the internet of things, one question that continues to be asked is whether we can expect to see this innovation in healthcare in the near future. Technology always brings a way for humans to advance and evolve past the problems that we experience in a particular age, so one thing that learned minds wonder about, is whether the internet of things will bring new solutions to the healthcare sector.
The truth is, the internet of things has become very popular in consumer devices, but if this technology form is to be worthwhile in future, it needs to have an effect on the sectors that counts. Users need to know what they can expect in terms of healthcare and other related systems. While the internet of things is not a new concept, and has been in existence for a number of years, it has gained a lot of attention recently because of the advancements that the field has witnessed.
The internet of things technology encourages the use of mobile and other electronic devices to trigger certain actions since they are able to monitor and assimilate information that is going on around them. These data systems are linked to a form of cloud, whether private or public, and this enables them to provoke actions in other machines around them. For instance, with the use of internet of things, there is the possibility of an individual to open the garage door automatically when the car approaches, or when the person sends a command from his or her mobile devices. This amount of control brings about amazing prospects that can be achieved, and the mere fact that technology has advanced to this level raises the question of what we can do with it.
We shall therefore be analyzing what role internet of things has to play in the healthcare sector.
Is there a possibility for the internet of things in healthcare?
In recent times, various technological healthcare companies have tried to introduce devices that are interconnected to patients in the hospital. Since data can be realized from various machines like fetal and temperature monitors, electrocardiograms and even blood glucose level information, there is the life saving possibility for a lot of patients. It has now become a lot easier for patients to track their health information. When such information is obtained, there may be the need for the patient to follow up with a healthcare operative. This has now created the need for devices that are able to produce more useful data. These smarter devices would reduce the need for the direct interaction between the physician and the patient. If the need for such interaction is eliminated, we may just be ready to witness a world where healthcare issues can be tackled solely by the patient, and the individual does not even need to step into the hospital before he or she can get treatment.
In some hospitals, there is the use of ‘smart beds’, which are able to detect whether a patient is lying on it or not. Such beds can also detect when the patient is trying to get up and provide assistance. It therefore adjusts itself automatically to ensure that the pressure points are accurately supported, and the patient does not need to manually operate the bed or have to call on the nurses for help.
There are also possibilities of this smart technology in the case of home medication. These systems would be able to upload data on whether or not a patient is taking his or her medication the way they should be. If the patient is missing out on valuable drug doses, then the system is alerted and a care team can enforce proper behavior.
The implementation of the internet of things in healthcare certainly raises related questions of security and privacy. A lot of individuals may not be willing to unknowingly supply valuable information about their lifestyle to a machine. It may also provide methods for hackers to think about new ways to defraud patients. However, thanks to the modern devices and their secure communication strategies, this problem may not be so serious. The threat of hackers cannot be reduced to the level of nonexistence. There should therefore be regulatory systems in place to set limits and boundaries on how much data should be assimilated, and how many parties should have access to this data.