IoT and Healthcare
Unlike pogs and yo-yos, the Internet of Things (IoT) is not a fad that is going to disappear overnight.
While some organisations are making long-term investments, others seem to be fixated on rather limited uses for connecting devices, such a fridge that can tell you when it has run out of milk, or which person last used the washing machine.
From a practical and long term view, such small victories are not going to improve the quality of life for a global population that is living longer than ever in history.
Healthcare providers are under increasing pressure to deliver effective care and some organisations are already implementing the IoT as they recognise it can form part of a powerful solution.
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas alongside the new generation of TVs, VR headsets and laptops, there were a number of health related apps, plug-in mobile devices and wireless health monitors.
Most of these have not been approved by medical regulators, however, many national health providers, like the NHS, are adopting or trialing a number of systems because they can already see the long-term benefits.
The NHS has been an early adopter. One patient transport service has recently deployed GPS and telematics monitoring technology in its vehicles to transmit information to a central analytics platform, helping to improve the safety and efficiency of its ambulance drivers, for example. There is also great potential and demand for smart tech in the NHS where patient care and treatment are concerned.
Using technology to remotely monitor patients with long-term conditions at home (telecare and telehealth) has been utilised by NHS authorities for years.
Now they are evaluating some of the latest technology to further improve patient care and provide value for money, which is becoming more critical with an ageing population.
These new trials will involve combining wearable monitors with data analysis to help patients stay healthy and monitor them at home.
The NHS is trialing this in 7 areas around the UK and organisations including Philips and Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) are involved, showing the potential scope in the future.
While healthtech is still a relatively new area for the IoT, it is growing every year and the barrier between applications for consumers and business is disappearing.
Fitness monitors are widely available, and now insurance companies are getting behind them, offering lower premiums and perks to those who are more active. What some might regard as a bit of fun, others are receiving tangible benefits from a healthier lifestyle.
Panintelligence is working with a number of businesses in critical and primary care who are challenging the status quo in their industry, this includes the Wellbeing Software Group which is using the Panintelligence dashboard as part of their HSS CRIS solution.
HSS CRIS is used every day in over 175 NHS and private-units nationwide and is constantly being developed in line with user requirements.
HSS are using the dashboard for the CRIS solution to develop new tools for radiology, putting Panintelligence at the forefront of the healthcare industry.