Internet of Things (IoT) is intended to minimize or completely eliminate interactions between human beings or between human beings and computers. Most hospitals have improved diagnosis, reduced operating costs and increased life expectancy of patients by achieving a higher level of automation and convenience through the use of connected wristbands in patients, beds and beacons in and outside the hospital premises.
We discuss few benefits of IoT in healthcare as given below:
Diagnosis is next level
The capability of computers to absorb more data in less time is making it more appropriate for the healthcare sector. If doctors want to keep themselves updated with the latest news of the medical world then they would have to read articles, case studies and reports and there won’t be much time left for them to do their actual work. But IBM’s Watson, on the other hand, gathers data from patient records, case studies from all around the world and then makes decision through Artificial Intelligence. Hence, with 90% accuracy it is far better than doctors (50% accuracy) at diagnosing cancer.
Treatment is improved
Patients with chronic ailments like diabetes, hypertension and congestive heart failure, if maintain 80-100% on time medication schedule then they have 17% less need of hospitalization than those who miss to take prescribed medications. Smart medication dispensers like MedMinder (pill container that has built-in cellular connection that sends alert notifications when patients forget to take pills or it requires refilling), GlowPack (an audio-visual pill reminder that generates weekly and monthly medication adherence report for doctors to evaluate outcome of treatment) and AdhereTech (smart bottles that gives patients a call each time they miss their medication) can come to the rescue of such patients, especially the elderly ones, and can significantly reduce hospitalization rates and give better treatment to patients with such chronic diseases.
Cost is minimized
As discussed in the above point most of the readmissions come from patients with chronic diseases when they miss their medication schedule. For instance, diabetes is a chronic disease and it care mostly depends on self-management. Hence, most medical institutions can potentially avoid readmissions of such patients by adopting IoT technologies that we have just discussed in previous point. Moreover, smart beds connected with movement sensors, wearable devices and monitors will facilitate remote monitoring of elderly patients with real-time data from their homes.