IoT in Healthcare

Everything becomes very sensitive when it comes to your health. We are ready to compromise on everything in our lives, but not anything related to our healthcare. Due to this restricted human nature, technology has not yet make a huge impact on healthcare sector.

Healthcare is integral part of human life. Everyone of us need that for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As Internet of Things is taking off, it will be interesting to see what challenges it will be facing while entering the health care market and also what new opportunities are associated.

When asked from Health care Technologist, how future health care facilities will look like, there answer is it will be lesser hospitals in the future. Most of the patients want to stay at home no matter how luxurious hospital is, while adequate medical health facilities can only be provided in hospitals. To resolve this conflict, IoT has proposed some solutions. One is health care beyond hospital premises, in which  with a patient will be equipped with sensors that can monitor things like Blood pressure, Pulse rate, Blood sugar level, in real time and forward them to his hospital, where healthcare monitoring team will have an alert in case there is something serious. In this way much of treatment will be shifted to home care. As a result, doctors at hospitals will have more time to focus on critical patients that need more of their attention, while minor cases can be dealt away from hospitals.

World population is increasing at an incredible rate and every single human on this planet need adequate health care facilities. USA is spending 10,000 USD per person per year on his health care, an increase in population means more money. This home based treatment is answer of IoT to these challenges. With less patients does not mean they don't have the right to enter hospital but they don't need to visit the hospital, they can be given adequate treatment at their homes. This will significantly help governments to save amount spent each year on unnecessary medical expenses.

Hospitals have lots of big machines like MRI, CT scan and X-ray machines. Traditionally when one of any such machine goes down, everything in queue struck up, till the time rescue team arrives for repair. With IoT all these machines will have sensors installed in them and will be monitored by their respective vendors. Vendors will take preemptive measures to repair them in case any machine needs attention. This way down time of machines can be lessened and uptime will be brought to a new level.

In most part of world, rural healthcare is always a problem. Expert doctors want to remain in cities and avoid going towards far flung area. This results in lack of proper medical facilities in such areas and patients suffer a lot. The solution to this is connectivity. With IoT rural health care centers will be connected to major hospitals, where live data of patients will be forwarded for analysis of surgeons and specialist doctors. Based on results of intelligent data warehouse decisions can be made like if there are many critical patients, then the doctor should go else critical patient will be brought to the hospital. Less critical cases will be treated locally by respective doctor available.  

What still going on is that we go to different doctors in different hospitals,  but there is no record of it that is available to the doctor you are sitting right now until you have maintained a huge file of previous medical records. Thanks to electronic medical record we can have an electronic health care record of patient. Combined with IoT, we will have a medical record that is universally accessible . This medical record will include records of not only patient but his parents, siblings and spouse and will give doctors a holistic overview of patient, resulting in better health services to the patients. It will be an end to all paperwork which you have to fill in every time you go out to see your doctor and since all your previous diagnostics are available online you need not to repeat them.

Like in any other sector the opportunities for IoT in health care are enormous. We have seen some of answers from IoT to challenges it has in health care. It can be safely said that Healthcare is going to use IoT to improve its efficiency, quality and service delivery in future

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