The era of the Internet of things (IoT) is dawning. An age characterized by devices that are connected to each other, and in turn to you, and relay data and information. The immediate result of this interaction will empower us to be able to manage everything connected with a touch and click of a mobile device.
The connectivity provided results in greater human efficiency, accuracy of real-time data, and results in greater economic benefits. The IoT is expected to produce an encompass technologies such as smart homes, smart cities and intelligent transport thanks to smart devices and sensors capable of interoperating with one another. They are also connected to the internet and can be uniquely identified within it, allowing each of these devices to find every device that’s in close proximity to them. The number of connected devices will explode to 20+ billion in a few more years from the current 6.4 billion.
When the devices connected through IoT are used for collecting, relaying, and processing medical data, then we have a bludgeoning network of medical things. Hence, the rapidly growing internet of medical things.
The IoT allows everything to be tracked and counted; this will enable us to greatly reduce waste, losses and involved costs. The number of economic benefits are very numerous and indeed let the imagination run wild. Objects reporting in when they need waste removal or repairs and regular maintenance. Objects identifying errors, obstruction and malfunctioning devices within their network simply by their daily operation.
These ideas were first written about in 1999 and the task at the time represented too many problems. Overtime we began to see developments that have brought the whole thing into the realm of reality. Everything is being built with their own wifi and cellular connection capabilities. The IPv6 address scheme allows assigning of addresses to billions upon billions of possible devices. Cisco systems quotes ABI research that 5 billion wireless chips will have been shipped as of 2013.
The Internet of medical things
So the IoT is quickly becoming a reality and it looks like we will see the miracles and blessings it will bring in our lifetime. However, if you’ve let your mind wander a bit with this idea, you would have recognized the potential it presents to the healthcare industry. And this brings us to the Internet of Medial things. Imagine a world where everyone from the patient, doctor, pharmacy, insurance company, and other healthcare professionals related to you are connected.
This enables coordination among them at an unprecedented scale and brings the benefit to the patient and to the organization. Reducing complexity to large organizations by directing needed information to relevant parties to mobilize them reduces bottlenecks in administrative faculty. This will lead to generally reducing stress levels and positively impact staff productivity, reducing the mistakes they make and overall improves a patient’s experience in the hospital.
The internet of medical things can be used for remote monitoring of a patient’s health. Vital signs such as heart rate and blood pressure can be instantly monitored. Advanced systems are also being integrated such as hearing aids and pacemakers. A simple example is of smart beds, a feature that you’ll be seeing that can detect occupation and even minor movements like when the patient is trying to get up and out. The revolution that this new level of connectivity will indeed be something to overcome a great number of challenges the industry is seeing, as well as provide convenience and comfort.