Like several other industries, IoT or the Internet of Things is influencing the health care industry also. The combination of technology and healthcare has provided many opportunities to improve health care and monitoring of the patients.
The risk of uncertainties in health care programs can be reduced cost-effectively by using various sensory networks while analyzing and diagnosing the health of patients.
According to JDE, some of the changes that can be expected in healthcare for better care of patients in the future may include:
Convert data into actions
In the future, the health care of a person can be improved considerably by measuring it in scientific terms. So, it becomes important for the manufacturers of health care products and drugs to focus on the technology of quantified health care.
The performance of drugs or devices is considerably affected by the data. In other words, the result of measurement of health and objects can be in favor of patients by using IoT in the health care sector.
Enhance the health of patients
Today patients can use wearable devices to monitor their health ranging from the result of their workout routine to erotic heartbeats, due to a rapid increase in technologies during the last few decades.
By uploading the information collected by a wearable device on a cloud platform you can share it with other devices. It eliminates the need of recording any information on EMRs to maintain a record of patient’s health.
Thus, IoT can help in taking better action for patients by highlighting the details often overlooked.
Highlight the importance of preventive care
While taking care of a patient your focus should also be on preventing the recurrence of the problem along with treating it. Certain reforms in the health care system can help in supporting healthy lives, avoiding diseases in real-time and improve the quality of patient’s health inexpensively even if the cost of health care is expected to increase in near future.
Customized plans of treatment
The health care facilities can be influenced by IoT by adding value to the health care system and customizing the experience of the patients.
The power of IoT can make it possible to customizing treatment programs according to the requirements of the patients. This does not mean that IoT will focus on diagnosis and monitoring the health of the patients but also on extending services like workout devices or dietary recommendations etc.
Physicians can also use IoT to determine the status of the health of the patient, administration of drugs, and the effectiveness of dosage as well as its side effects.
Better satisfaction and engagement of patient
By improving the workflow of surgeries IoT can improve the satisfaction of a patient as the doctor has to inform the family of the patient about surgery and discharge of the patient.
By increasing the frequency of communications between the patient and the doctor and reducing the need for personal interactions, IoT can improve the engagement of the patient in his health care.
The internet-connected devices can help in continuing conversations by providing important data.
Production of smart pills
Some of the pharmaceutical companies are producing smart pills these days. These pills can monitor problems in the patient’s health, help in controlling and prescribing medications.
When these pills dissolve in the stomach of the patient, they transmit signals to the wearable sensory device worn by him.
Later on, these signals will be transferred through some app to the mobile phone of the patient to make important health information accessible for him. These smart pills can help patients to monitor their health, and schedule medication so that they can take the right medicine at the right time to reduce the risk to their health.
Privacy and safety of patients
The remote management of a non-invasive health care system makes the patients feel safe in their respective homes.
IoT has made it possible for the patients as well as physicians to make well-informed decisions by creating a database based on the information provided by the patient that may include the details of genome records, consultations, doses of prescribed medicines, as well as the information of clinical research, etc. In this way, the loss of data during a cyber attack can be avoided by storing the data of the patient on a decentralized and encrypted platform.
Thus, the future of patients’ healthcare can be changed in many ways with the help of IoT.