Healthcare Applications and IoT Connectivity
The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to touch and improve nearly every aspect of our healthcare system ─ from remote monitoring with smart sensors to medical device integration, inventory management, and workflow optimization. The industry, as a whole, has the opportunity to create a better user experience, reduce operational costs, and expand services and oversight on a global scale.
Connected IoT healthcare devices, when deployed on reliable networks, can greatly improve the quality of medical treatments. In contrast, a poorly executed connected solution actually can cost healthcare providers valuable time and money, especially when it causes disruptions in remote monitoring or real-time feedback, thereby leading to sub-optimal patient care.
IoT Healthcare: Endless Potential
On the positive side, for example, IoT technology now can provide highly reliable services to one of the fastest growing sectors of the population. With the global rise in the elderly population, age-related wellness becomes a significant healthcare goal. One issue getting a lot of attention is the non-adherence to medical guidelines and medications, which can lead to harmful complications, increased health costs, or even death. Overall, patients, especially those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma, or depression, don't take their medications for a variety of reasons, including costs (co-pays, deductibles) side effects, misconceptions, forgetfulness, or plain fear. Current levels of adherence are as low as 40 percent for some medications.
In the past, in general, there were few processes that could assist the patient with maintaining a strict, and sometimes lifesaving, process for ingesting the proper drugs at the correct times.
The IoT is changing that scenario. Today, sensor-enabled, monitored medication packaging (blister packs, pill dispensers / pouches) enables doctors or their assistants to be alerted when patients veer off course from prescribed medicinal timelines.
IoT Healthcare: Improve Medical Adherence and Deliver Real-Time Feedback
Modern medical sensors are adaptable to a wide variety of packaging. The sensors provide real-time data, which is crucial in medical situations. And the completely autonomous system is designed as a controlled closed loop with no external devices, thereby simplifying and clarifying the process at both ends of the healthcare journey.
For example, medicinal producers use sensors to detect when a pill or a medication liquid is removed from a bottle. If a patient misses their times for medicating, then a phone call or text message is sent automatically. And aside from the reminders, some companies have software robust enough to ask and record why patients have missed taking their meds. All this information eventually is used by doctors and pharma to better understand the problem of non-adherence.
With IoT technology, companies are providing true life-saving solutions for medical issues. Real-time data is provided to the doctor, caretaker, and the patient. For the patient, this real-time data can provide life-saving alerts. For the healthcare companies, the IoT presents new opportunities to improve the doctor / patient relationship.
Info Webinar: Join Us
Join Aeris, a leader in IoT technology, and Mevia, a leader in intelligent medical treatment solutions, to learn more about the common healthcare challenges, benefits, and best practices of implementing your IoT solution. Also read this case study on how Aeris helped Mevia with its global growth. Guest speakers will be Evan Whitelock, Product Marketing, Aeris, and Jesper Hassel, CEO & Co-Founder, Mevia.