The Internet of Things is a developing trend that refers to an ecosystem where each device has its own unique identifier and can communicate with other similar devices in which they all share data. These networks consists of hundreds of thousands of IoT devices that together create an enormous ecosystem.
Our health is constantly monitored by IoT devices that provide us with valuable information about how we're doing, where there might be improvements or problems. Being that we have the hardware and software required to transfer data, a date and time of issue allows for live or near-live sharing.
How IoT Improves Healthcare
Healthcare providers are now able to practice medicine beyond the walls of a clinic or hospital due to the advancement of the Internet of Things. IoT devices can remotely monitor patients’ vital signs, send and receive sensitive data, monitor equipment and help people track their health.
Other ways that IoT improves healthcare:
Lower healthcare costs by streamlining processes
Optimizes the pharmaceutical manufacturing process, which can result in lower drug and RX specialty prices
The use of Internet of Things in healthcare has an infinite number of benefits. There are numerous sensing technologies in health-oriented mobile applicationsand wearable devices such as fitness trackers, pulse oximeters, blood pressure watches, EEG headbands and many more.
More benefits to IoT in healthcare:
Alerts and Tracking - Medical IoT devices are constantly collecting vital signs and transferring data to doctors for live monitoring, which is especially important for chronic conditions. Notifications are then sent to patients through mobile apps and smart sensors about the status of their health.
Live Reporting and Monitoring - Having a smart medical device connected to a smartphone app offers real-time monitoring. Connected medical devices collect and transfer information via data connection of the smartphone to a physician or to a cloud platform.
Remote Assistance - IoT devices make it easier for patients to contact their doctors in the event of an emergency with smart mobile apps, even if they are a great distance.
Research - IoT has a major impact on medical research, enabling the introduction of more advanced medical treatments.
Sort and Analyze Data - IoT devices can collect, report and analyze real time information and cut the need to store the raw data speeding up decision-making and reducing errors.
Challenges of IoT in Healthcare
The major challenge in healthcare that IoT poses is data security and privacy. Most IoT devices lack data protocols and security requirements making data highly susceptible to cybercriminals, making cybersecurity vital for health-oriented mobile devices and apps.
Other challenges that IoT faces in healthcare deals with the integration of devices, data overload and cost.
The application of IoT for specialty pharmacies can improve not only a patient’s health but also the work productivity and workflows of clinics, nurses and physicians. By using advanced technology and platforms created specifically with physicians and patients in mind, Senderra is better equipped to serve our prescribers, patients, and partners.