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The impact of Iot on our way of living is increasing daily. Last time we discussed several trends in the domain of retail. This time we will figure out how healthcare is impacted by the influence of Iot. One thing is for sure. The impact will be huge. The following 3 topics will be presented: diagnoses, business model and automation.
1. Diagnoses will never be the same
Our health is influenced by tons of factors such as: sporting habits, area of living, smoking behavior… IoT can gather all this data and provide it to doctors. This way, doctors can make use of a broader data set and adapt their treatment accordingly. This is a promising idea. Smartphones, wearables and other devices are increasingly being seen as a replacement for traditional pedometers, blood pressure monitors, calorie counters, etc. Connected devices will expand the ability of healthcare providers to customize the treatment for patients.
On the other hand, there are huge opportunities at the level of populations. For instance, by collecting data nationwide doctors can predict how flu will be spread across the population. Or governments can take preemptive actions against epidemics, such as Ebola. Using the right algorithms for the analysis of big data will be the biggest challenge in the forthcoming years.
2. The rise of automation
Forgot to take your medication three times a day? This will soon be history. By simply tracking and monitoring the daily intake, automatic medication dispensers will not only remind you to take your medicine but also provide the right dosage according to your medical status. Another typical example is the use of “smart beds”. Nurses will have more time to interact with patients as appropriate pressure and support are applied to the patient automatically. Medical staff will receive the current number of beds occupied whenever they want. To be short, tons of repetitive tasks are candidates for future automation.
3. Shaking up traditional business models
Smaller companies can enter the market of healthcare. Building an app and raising some venture capital is all you need. Healthcare is no longer the restricted area for big, multinational companies. Cloud-based platforms built by small, unknown companies will emerge. Collaborations between them and clinical informatics will create synergies with big value for the market.
Liato, for example, helps elderly people live longer at home by monitoring their daily activity. Systems can detect patterns and provide trend analyses about (abnormal) behaviour. Caretakers and family stay informed to confirm that all is well or certain behaviour is off trend, but also alarmed immediately when necessary. Help is just a push notification away!