Internet of Things is a hot topic in today’s technology enabled world. It is said to open the doors to a whole new world of opportunities. But what is IoT? There are many definitions given in technical terms. As per Gartner, “Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects ithat contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment”. Let’s put that in simpler terms. IoT is connecting anything that has an ON and OFF button; to the Internet. It can include anything from home appliances (like washing machines, televisions even coffee makers) to medical wearable devices, to smartphones, tablets and many more.
Healthcare industry is an area where changes are rapid and the status-quo is constantly disrupted. IoT is one such disruption happening right now which has the potential to change the face of healthcare. Healthcare can implement IoT attributes for smooth monitoring of a patient’s health graph. The Salesforce IoT Cloud, together with the Salesforce Health Cloud aims at transforming the lives of people for the better.
The main contributor for IoT can be the growth of smartphones and tablets that act as a window to the IoT world. Even beyond providing mobility and connectivity, patients and providers both stand to benefit from IoT. Let’s show you a few instances:
- Wireless patient monitoring gets a new definition with the help of IoT Cloud. Remote surveillance of the patient’s vital functions through the use of internally and externally located patient devices is relevant in cases of chronic disease management. Using a mobile app, virtual access to current clinical systems (electronic health records [EHRs]) is enabled so that all the relevant patient data can be accessed from anywhere for a quick perusal.
- There are devices specially made for the aging sector of population. Vital signs data from elderly care is acquired from the monitoring devices and transmitted to a standard mobile device. This device acts as a network for transmitting real-time data to the doctor. The information can be used to give medical assistance to the needy and in case of higher abnormalities, efficient hospitals nearby can be alerted promptly.
- The physiological data received from wireless devices has been a valuable contributor for managing and monitoring patients post hospitalization. As a result, a growing number of medical devices are becoming wearable nowadays, including glucose monitors, ECG monitors, blood pressure monitors and so on. IoT enables health organizations to obtain critical data from multiple sources in real-time, and provide better decision-making capability. This trend is transforming the healthcare sector, increasing its efficiency, lowering costs and providing avenues for better patient care.
Now you know why it’s said that IoT allows virtually endless opportunities and connections to take place. Drop a comment below so that we can help you understand how this can take your business to the next level.