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IoT Healthcare: Top 3 Benefits in 2024

IoT Healthcare: Top 3 Benefits in 2024IoT Healthcare: Top 3 Benefits in 2024

IoT has expanded into various sectors and industries, including manufacturing, real estate, agriculture, automotive, and retail. In this article, we plan on showcasing the potential that IoT technology possesses for hospitals and the healthcare industry.

What is IoT in healthcare?

IoT in healthcare is the ecosystem of IoT-enabled healthcare devices connected via chips, sensors, or other related technologies to constantly monitor patient vital signs (e.g. blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, respiration rate, etc.), physician’s activity, and the overall hospital environment, to improve the efficiency of hospital equipment and staff.

How can IoT devices benefit patients? 

The gathered data from wearables, for instance, can be directly transferred to physicians and healthcare staff allowing them to preemptively intervene in case of an undesirable event.

What are some of the IoT healthcare devices?

Some of the data sources of IoT devices in healthcare include:

  • Wearables
    • Smartwatches
    • Rings
    • Vests
  • Monitors and sensors
    • Heart monitors
    • Sleep monitors
    • Temperature monitors
    • Air quality sensors
  • Trackers
    • Medication refill reminder technology
    • Drug effectiveness tracking

What are the benefits of IoT for healthcare providers?

The following are some of the benefits of IoT in healthcare:

  • Constant monitoring: By being able to keep an eye on the data collected by IoT devices, doctors and nurses can receive alerts and notifications about life-threatening developments, such as an irregularly fast heart rate that indicates a heart attack.
    • Recommendation: Monitor patient vital signs using wearables to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to life-saving measures or preparations.
  • Lower hospital bills: Since IoT devices constantly monitor patients’ vital signs, all the information would already be on the doctor’s desk, eliminating the need for a checkup.
    • Recommendation: Adopt an IoT ecosystem to transform the way traditional check ups are conducted, by enabling it to happen in real-time. This is both time and cost saving.
  • Accurate diagnosis: Because physicians have access to real-time data collection and visualizations, they can pinpoint specific areas and perform data-driven diagnoses and accurate treatments. perform data-driven diagnoses and treatments. This can also reduce the likelihood of readmissions as treatments become more personalized.
    • Recommendation: Improve the efficiency of treatments and diagnoses by using the data generated by smart wearables.

What are the real-life applications of IoT in healthcare?

Some of the real-life applications involving IoT devices and healthcare include: 

  1. Mood monitoring: There are “mood-aware” IoT devices that monitor mental health and wellbeing by monitoring data such as heart and blood pressure. Camera-enabled mobile apps integrated with facial recognition algorithms can also be used to detect users’ emotions, facial expressions, voice tone, and physiology. Psychologists can leverage this data for a better diagnosis.
  2. Parkinson’s disease monitoring: Treating Parkinson’s require patients’ symptoms to constantly be monitored and their severity assessed. In a recent study, researchers were able to measure physical movements and tremors of PD patients by having the patients wear sensors, 2 on the wrists and 1 around the chest, to detect vital signals.
  3. Glucose monitoring: In 2017, there were 30 million Americans living with diabetes. Monitoring people’s glucose level is one of the many methods of making sure a person’s sugar level is not life-endangering. Studies have been conducted in order to develop IoT devices that can provide continuous, automatic monitoring of glucose level.

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Cem has been the principal analyst at AIMultiple since 2017. AIMultiple informs hundreds of thousands of businesses (as per similarWeb) including 60% of Fortune 500 every month.

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Throughout his career, Cem served as a tech consultant, tech buyer and tech entrepreneur. He advised businesses on their enterprise software, automation, cloud, AI / ML and other technology related decisions at McKinsey & Company and Altman Solon for more than a decade. He also published a McKinsey report on digitalization.

He led technology strategy and procurement of a telco while reporting to the CEO. He has also led commercial growth of deep tech company Hypatos that reached a 7 digit annual recurring revenue and a 9 digit valuation from 0 within 2 years. Cem's work in Hypatos was covered by leading technology publications like TechCrunch and Business Insider.

Cem regularly speaks at international technology conferences. He graduated from Bogazici University as a computer engineer and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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