Using IoT in healthcare is the new evolution and it helps hospitals and physicians operate with optimal efficiency and treat patients in a timely manner. With automated reporting and patient monitoring technology, it is now possible to remotely diagnose patients and assist in treating the patients with best in class treatment beyond physical barriers.
The implementation of the IoT in healthcare is done in four stages which can transform a traditional healthcare environment to modern IoT enabled health care systems. Though it is not a complete revamp of traditional healthcare service, IoT adds a creamy layer on top of the existing healthcare systems and turns the services into a smarter and intelligent healthcare service.
Four stages of IoT implementation are, implementation of IoT hardware devices, data collection and processing, data storage and data analysis.
Integration of IoT hardware such as sensors, and health monitoring devices that are integrated with the patient monitoring systems collects important health data to keep track of the patients.
The data collection and processing involve cleaning, organizing and pushing these critical health data into databases for storage and retrieval.
Finally, the data is retrieved from these storage devices and relayed into analytics engines that do data manipulation and provide health related information to physicians anywhere, anytime.
Remote monitoring in the healthcare sector
To track patients who had undergone critical surgeries or under home treatment need to be monitored post discharge from hospitals to keep track of their essential body functions.
IoT for physicians
Using mobile health monitoring systems which can be embedded into the patients makes it easier for physicians to monitor the health of the patients remotely without any physical interference. Also, it helps to monitor patients in real-time and assist in providing proactive treatment to the patients at the right time.
IoT for hospitals
The role of IoT in hospitals makes it easier for hospital management to keep of critical health assets in the hospital and locate them when it is required. These critical assets can be any of these such as oxygen pumps, ventilator, wheelchairs, defibrillator etc., that are often left behind after any major transit within the hospital.
Integrating IoT devices into these equipments makes it possible to keep track of these assets and also find them either for accounting or to treat any patients during any emergency.
Assisting insurance companies
Paying bills for your medical expenses is the next big thing that comes into picture after any major treatment or due to an on-going post discharge treatment. Most of these expenses are met using claims made using the health insurance cards used by the patients.
Claim operations are so tedious and insurance companies needs to do a lot of background verification in order to verify against any claim request submitted by the patient. These verification process can be made transparent between the insurer and the customer (patient) to ease their claim operation, using IoT captured data during hospitalization.
It can help reduce fraudulent claims and speed up the process of genuine claims thereby enhancing the risk assessment process easier than ever.
IoT in healthcare is so ideal among medical practitioners or hospitals to treat patients in a more real-time, case-to-case basis which improves the overall quality of treatments and other healthcare related services.