Is there any chance that the Internet of things will change medicine?
The healthcare industry may become the fastest growing segment in the development of smart devices in the next few years. Of the ten largest organizations in this area, six are already actively using IoT-development. For example, now special sensors are being used, which are attached to the operated patient, allowing his relatives to find out the exact time of the end of the operation and the degree of its success.
Last year, almost 65% of global health organizations acquired smart technologies. It is expected that by 2020 this figure will increase to 90%.
Experts note the advantages of using this technology - medical staff is becoming more mobile and agile, data processing is accelerated several times, the time for diagnosis is reduced and the notorious human factor is almost eradicated.
But the most valuable and important thing is the overall increase in the productivity of the work of medical personnel and a significant decrease in maintenance costs.
In this article, we will discuss what trends in the development and application of smart devices are currently on the market and what will happen to patients, medical staff and health care institutions themselves in the near future.
Patients and the Internet of Things
At the current time, the main rate goes to special sensors monitoring the human condition. They are installed in operating rooms, intensive care units and in hospitals, where patients have a rest after undergoing operations. Sensors monitor the patient's condition, his vital signs and, in case of problems, notify staff of the need to provide assistance. This development reduces the response time by hundreds of precious seconds.
A special patient monitoring platform was created, which transmits information to the central display through sensors. The frequency of breathing and heartbeat, as well as the location of the person to provide emergency assistance if necessary, are monitored.
Such monitoring makes it possible to calculate critical changes in the condition of patients and promptly call the emergency or resuscitation team. In the future, no cardiology or intensive care unit will be able to do without such technical equipment.
There is a problem - the lack of quality and affordable medicine in separate parts of the world, and in particular, in some regions of Russia. Currently, remote provision of qualified medical assistance is being actively introduced with the identification of a diagnosis and the issuance of electronic prescriptions. Patients from remote regions will receive timely and quality service, and doctors will be able to consult online with their colleagues if they have any controversial issues.
Remote monitoring of health indicators provides a real opportunity to reduce maintenance costs and significantly reduce the burden on hospitals. For example, the same implantable blood glucose sensors allow patients with diabetes to monitor their condition with a special application on a smartphone and significantly reduce the likelihood of hospitalization risks.
There is an application that can replace expensive and inaccessible spirometers - now the capacity of the lungs and their ventilation can be estimated from a tablet or phone.
A technology has been created that can predict the occurrence of an epileptic seizure.
All beloved and popular smart watches have long been a part of everyday life. Meanwhile, the level of their functionality is increasing almost every day. If earlier usual gadgets could track the number of kilometers traveled and notify their owner of insufficient activity, now they can monitor the status of the owner through the same heartbeat sensors and, if necessary, send alarm signals to special services.
Every year these devices will appear more and more, as the level of medicine is constantly growing and its technical equipment also does not stand still. The society will not cease to be ill, but now it is easy to carry diseases and thoroughly approach to their prevention - yes.
Medical equipment and Internet stuff
Monitoring sensors for equipment is something that can significantly improve service in clinics in the near future.
Incorrect operation of the equipment can be promptly eliminated by engineers with their timely informing. Such tracking systems and alerts about their appearance will provide an opportunity to reduce downtime during the treatment of patients.
Sensors will be equipped with laboratories, freezers and chambers to maintain optimum temperature and humidity.
Special smart refrigerators will be widely used to transport drugs to remote corners of the world with the condition of maintaining the correct storage temperature. IoT sensors will allow you to monitor stocks of drugs in stock and react when their number drops to a critical level.
Health organizations and the Internet of Things
Smart devices will be actively used to resolve administrative and managerial issues. With their help, it will be easier to control the amount of available drugs and equipment within a medical facility.
Such a system has already been implemented in the Netherlands, where, in one of the local hospitals, thanks to a special network, you can see where the free equipment is and get quick access to medical records of patients. This greatly simplifies the work of nurses and allows them to pay more attention to patients, rather than how to find serviceable and free equipment.
Few people love medical facilities - most people here are in a state of extreme stress. To bring the situation to the extreme allows an incomprehensible arrangement of offices and endless corridors, where a person in an anxious state of mind can simply get lost. To increase the level of mobility and comfort, special applications have already been created that allow you to build a route to the desired office in major clinics, as well as view your medical card, get acquainted with the results of the survey, get information about services of interest and even pay for them.
What else will need to do the field of medicine
The advantages of using the technology of the Internet of things in medicine are obvious. Every year, development for the healthcare sector will be more useful and intricate, but there is one significant risk - the security of personal data of patients. And yet - the vulnerability of smart devices. Hackers can suspend the work of the most high-tech clinic, seize personal information and gain control over vital devices.
Experts identify another barrier that is considered the main obstacle to the development of the Internet of things - the conservatism of patients and medical workers. But this obstacle will be destroyed by the governments of developed countries, which actively support all technological innovations.
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