How Healthcare Is Evolving with the Internet of Things

Robby Gupta

Today, healthcare providers and patients are largely benefiting from technology. It has enabled them to evaluate and improve the overall health & well-being just at the tap of a thumb.

Patients can now keep track of their health and store crucial information on their devices which can be shared with the healthcare professionals for making informed decisions.

Even though technology doesn’t guarantee long life or promises to eliminate chronic diseases, it can make good healthcare affordable for all and serve as a beacon of better health for patients.

Healthcare is now evolving side-by-side with technology. While the Internet of Things (IoT) is not a new concept, healthcare has recently started to reap its benefits. It has enabled clinicians and patients to stay connected with each other and make healthcare more accessible.

IoT has ventured into every area of healthcare, be it evaluating the health of patients admitted in the facility or tracking the daily routine of patients through microdevices. It has simplified healthcare in every aspect and made it easier for patients and providers to collaborate effectively for proper health.

IoT in healthcare: Past, Present and Future

Connected devices are not new; they’ve been transforming lives for a long time. Fetal monitors, ECG machines, temperature monitors, etc. were the basic technology miracles that provided a detailed understanding of the patient’s health.

Yet, these required the supervision of experienced professionals and regular visits to the doctors for follow up.

The current age of healthcare is focused on delivering health information to all the associated professionals and patients in real-time to make informed decisions.

Health tracking devices like fitness bands, portable heart monitors etc. came in handy for tracking the health of patients and generating reports that didn’t require any professional help.

If it did anything, it was to only help the professionals by providing a report of a person’s regular health so that they can draw meaningful insights from the medical records and take the right course of action for the treatment.

From here on, IoT is only going to evolve with the integration of Artificial Intelligence in healthcare that can help people by giving access to medical care beyond traditional methods.

How is IoT transforming healthcare

Technology-based healthcare offers unending benefits for providing efficient treatments and improving the quality of life. With IoT, low-cost methods to detect diseases have come into picture allowing medical professionals to work more efficiently and in harmony with the patient’s requirements.

This allows healthcare providers to modify their treatments based on the patient’s medical records and eliminate mistakes that occurred in treatments.

  • Efficient Health Decisions

With IoT, a person can monitor their daily health with the help of wearable devices. These devices track the number of steps, heart rate, blood flow, sleep schedule etc. and prepare a report based on that data. Thus, whenever there is an irregularity in the health records, patients can inform their doctors ahead of time.

This will mitigate their chances of catching diseases and illness and allow all the associated people to make efficient health decisions, While machine testing may bring the bigger aspect of health into the picture, these connected devices allow to notice the minute changes in health which can have potentially ill effects on health.

IoT thus enables healthcare providers to take quick steps in preventing diseases and patients to efficiently manage their well-being.

  • Increased Satisfaction

IoT brings transparency in communication between the patient and the doctors. They can both work in harmony to cure a particular illness or treat a certain disease.

Since the patient’s medical data is uploaded in the devices and the doctors have access to that data, both can take coordinated steps in treatment. This results in higher satisfaction for the patient as they can now participate in the treatment process along with the doctor.

The doctor will also have a better overview of the patient’s condition which will increase their satisfaction as well because they would be able to create a treatment plan on the basis of real-time health data.

  • Real-time Health Data

The traditional healthcare methods were dependent on raw and first-hand data from the patients to proceed with the treatment. Prescriptions were given on the basis of immediate health data from the patient that had to be recorded at different intervals.

With the help of IoT, wearable devices can now provide real-time data of health with the help of simple application and can track body behavior. This data is quantifiable which allows doctors to gather valuable insights and interpret the health information in a better way.

They can analyze the present condition of the patient and reduce gaps in making decisions with the help of proper communication and ease of access to health data.

  • Customized Treatment

With increased knowledge of their health, people have more control over the treatment they want to receive. IoT provides them with a complete record of their data so that they can analyze and evaluate on which areas of their health they need to focus on more.

There is also no need to store huge amounts of data because connected devices are pre-programmed to capture this data and provide insights on treatment based on that. Patients can now choose what health services they need and at what intervals.

Also, the financial pressure decreases as the patients are not burdened with all the treatments at once and can customize it according to their health conditions at the time.

Wrap up

IoT has made quality and affordable healthcare accessible to all. Today, clinicians can provide remote treatments to patients based on their health information that can easily be stored on the cloud. Doctors can track medical assets and create a virtual environment to better serve their patients.

From sensors, heart gadgets to wearable tech, connected devices will offer significant benefits to the healthcare sector by providing the biggest advantage: delivering real-time patient data. From the beginning to the end of treatment, healthcare providers have access to complete information that affects the treatment of patients at every touch point.

TechJini is a leading healthcare software development company that focuses on increasing client satisfaction through world-class solutions that enable IoT to work efficiently in delivering quality care.

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about the author

Robby Gupta

Robby Gupta is the head of US operations for TechJini, Inc. He has had varied experiences working in New York, Cupertino, and Bangalore with packaged & amp; custom web and mobile app development for an assortment of industries. His current focus is Immersive Technologies, IoT, AI bots and their applications in the digital enterprise.