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How IoT is Unlocking the Prospects in Healthcare Sector

By CIOReview | Thursday, January 31, 2019

Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming an emerging platform of solutions to improve consumer healthcare outcomes and reduce costs. It is capable of collecting, recording, analyzing, and sharing uncountable data streams with faster speed and accuracy. The intelligent technology substitutes mundane tasks, manual treatments by sensors-attached medical devices, and surgical robots. The technology is able to gain insights into patients' response to therapy or drugs. And wearable devices make it possible to collect real-time data from millions of patients. Following are some of the applications of IoT in healthcare:

Including collaboration: The technology allows physicians to collaborate with other doctors across the world and share best practices. This collaboration helps to increase the knowledge base of physicians around the world.

Solving Interoperability issues: Its a major barrier to the adoption of new technology solutions in healthcare. The sector should collectively address the issues and adopt open standards instead of proprietary protocols and interfaces. The advanced technologies create more agile, flexible techniques to break the interoperability within the system and process.

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Delivering security: The technology solutions are enabled by cloud solutions. Cloud solutions provide more security than internally hosted IT solutions. They are enabled by peer-to-peer communication solutions reduce security-related risks.

Data collecting and exchanging: Sensors collect patients’ data from hospitals, doctors, and ambulances and infused them in operational processes for more effective healthcare services. The collected data enables preventive care, prompts diagnosis of acute complications and understanding about therapies.

Decision-making: Implementation of advanced solutions generates data, which are used for efficient and effective decision making. Predictive analytics is also used in decision-making processes.

Image processing: The amounts of captured medical images are growing, which make it difficult for the physicians to check the images up with accuracy. IoT solutions wipe out imperfections by analyzing the images faster, accurately and detecting anomalies in a better way.