The Pharmaceutical Sector Is Witnessing a Transformation with IoT

By CIOReview | Monday, February 19, 2018
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The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to revolutionize the pharmaceutical sector with its practical applications. It may facilitate and automate remote monitoring of patients and the discovery and access of drugs. IoT, combined with the spread of digitalization of data in pharmaceuticals, brings in several new opportunities.
• Changing the fundamentals of the Pharmaceutical sector 
With the increasing demand for easy and immediate access to healthcare, it becomes essential for pharmaceutical companies to find quicker means for transportation of drugs and to regulate their transit and delivery. IoT-driven technology has proved useful in several areas like manufacturing, distribution, monitoring, and control, while maintaining quality and avoiding wastage.
• IoT Sensors
IoT sensors have survived the changes in technology, while helping pharmaceutical companies assimilate and analyze data from their manufacturing units worldwide. By letting corporations have better control over their production units, it essentially lowers production costs, enhances equipment utilization and cuts down on wastage.
• IoT in Logistics
Pharmaceutical logistics has complicated requirements, which also benefit from IoT. Low-energy sensors let them optimize routing and track their goods real-time. They also maintain required optimum physical conditions for medicines as well as ensure the same in transit.
• IoT in Data Organization
IoT can aid in assembling data from various processes and functions, making manual record-keeping almost obsolete. Data processed via analytics platform can also be suitably presented to stakeholders, who are not limited by geographical location.
The increased adoption of IoT in healthcare opens up a vast window of opportunities. With this sector being at severe risk of cyber-attacks, pharmaceutical companies using IoT need to invest in service providers who safeguard their data without reducing its flow and utility, to reap maximum benefits.