By Jason Leung, System Engineer – IOT & IT healthcare System Development Specialist, Fiberroad Technology
As the IoT continues to expand, we are seeing some truly groundbreaking applications. Some examples include IoT-connected inhalers, Sensor-enabled pills, and Remote patient monitoring. Let’s take a closer look. These innovations are already helping patients cope with various conditions.
IoT-connected inhalers can help people with breathing diseases manage their symptoms. They can be programmed to dispense medication in steady doses throughout the day and alert the user when a new dose is needed. This data can be shared with physicians or sent to the patient’s smartphone for reminders. Patients can even receive personalized guidance for correct use of their inhalers.
One benefit of IoT-connected inhalers is that they are more convenient and can help improve the quality of patient care. By using data from connected devices, healthcare providers can reduce the number of false claims. They can also identify prospects for underwriting. Additionally, the technology will help the healthcare industry, freeing up hospital beds for more intensive care.
Sensor-enabled pills are a new way to monitor the ingestion of medications. They work by sending a signal to a wearable patch that transmits the information to a smartphone. One example of IoT in healthcare is the development of sensor-enabled pills. These devices can monitor several bodily functions, including temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate. They can even remind patients to take their medication. This technology can also monitor heart rate and blood pressure, which are indicators of cardiovascular problems.
Remote patient monitoring
The increasing prevalence of chronic illnesses is driving the growth of remote patient monitoring technologies. These devices enable doctors to diagnose patients more efficiently by analyzing real-time data. They also allow physicians to extend data collection beyond the hospital to the patient’s home. This technology can improve quality of life and save money for health systems.
Healthcare IoT can reduce costs by improving efficiency. Remote care can replace expensive in-person visits. It can also help save time by reducing the need for doctor-patient facetime. It can also improve timeliness, meaning that a doctor can intervene sooner if necessary. In some cases, the extra minutes that continuous monitoring affords can mean the difference between life and death.
Telehealth and Remote Care
The use of IoT in healthcare aims to streamline processes and make healthcare more accessible to patients. The technology can help reduce the stress associated with doctor’s appointments, reduce the number of trips to hospitals and medical facilities and improve the quality of patient care. The technology can also help reduce the spread of infectious diseases. In addition to reducing stress, it also allows healthcare workers to spend more time with patients and less time on administrative tasks.
One major use of IoT in healthcare is remote health monitoring. This method allows for continuous health monitoring and treatment without having to go into a hospital. This technology is especially useful in remote areas or for patients who need ongoing care. Another example of IoT in healthcare is telemedicine. Patients can receive remote health care through a video connection to a trained healthcare professional.
One application of IoT in healthcare is the use of wearable biosensors. These sensors are small devices that can measure physiological parameters in real time. The wearables can be tattooed on the skin or embedded in clothing and are connected to the internet. They can also be used to communicate and operate with mobile devices, such as smartphones.
Wearable biosensors monitor a patient’s vital signs and provide insights into how their illness is progressing. These devices have already been used for clinical trials in Multiple Sclerosis patients, allowing researchers to collect data about a patient’s condition outside of a clinic. They can also collect data about a patient’s temperature, heart rate, and movement.
Smart watch monitoring
One of the latest applications of IoT in healthcare is smart watch monitoring. The smartwatch is equipped with sensors that help doctors monitor patients’ condition. It detects patient movements and posture and alerts caregivers if a patient engages in repetitive motions. The technology can also be used to diagnose seizures.
This technology can also help doctors better manage drugs and equipment. It can trigger sanitary procedures when a hospital staff enters a patient’s room. It can also send tailored reminders to help staff follow proper cleaning protocols. This technology has the potential to save hospital personnel time and money and provide comfort to patients. It also enables surgeons to perform robotic surgeries, which tend to require fewer incisions and result in faster recovery and less pain.