The IoT means connecting devices and extracting, storing, processing and analyzing data from them in big data platforms that can then be leveraged for better decision making. It helps in predicting certain outcomes thereby helping with taking preventive actions

Healthcare is fast adopting IoT and changing rapidly as a result – reducing costs, boosting productivity, and improving quality. IoT can also boost patient engagement and satisfaction by allowing patients to spend more time interacting with their doctors.

There are a number of opportunities for the IoT to make a difference in patients’ lives. IoT-enabled devices capture and monitor relevant patient data and allow providers to gain insights without having to bring patients in for visits. Adding sensors to medicines or delivery mechanisms allows doctors to keep accurate track of whether patients are sticking to their treatment plan and avoid a patient’s readmission.

Patients are using these connected medical products to capture ECG readings, record medication levels, sense fall detection and act as telehealth units.

Diabetes self-management includes all sorts of gadgets and devices, which control glucose levels and remind patients to take their insulin dose. The newest wearables are even capable of delivering insulin on their own, according to health condition indicators.

Remote patient monitoring is one of the most significant cost-reduction features of IoT in healthcare. Hospitals don’t have to worry about bed availability, and doctors or nurses can keep an eye on their patients remotely. At the same time, patients usually feel more relaxed at home and recover faster.

 

This article originally appeared in innovation enterprise.  To read the full article, click here