2018 Will Be a Transformative Year for the Internet of Medical Things

The healthcare industry wasn’t the first one to jump on the Internet of Things bandwagon, but now that it has proven it’s here to stay, more and more healthcare operations are enjoying the benefits it can provide.

The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) can help all parties involved in healthcare, whether it’s giving providers the information needed to spot issues before they become more serious, monitoring patients, or notifying caregivers of concerns.

According to predictions by Allied Market Research, the IoT healthcare market could reach as much as $136.8 billion globally within the next three years. There are already 3.7 million medical devices connected to the internet for monitoring, and that number is only expected to rise.

One reason for the recent growth seen in this arena is the increasing presence of consumer mobile devices that feature RFID and NFC as this enables communication with IT systems.

Responding to Rise in Chronic Diseases and Aging Population

Another factor is the unfortunate rise of chronic diseases seen around the world and the demand for more effective treatment options. This is expected to continue, as 1.2 billion of our planet’s inhabitants will be elderly by the year 2025; that’s around an eight of the world’s population.

Elderly people typically have more health problems, so IoMT will prove increasingly useful. For example, it can help track vital stats like glucose levels and heart performance, and it can be used to keep track of sleep and exercise. These devices can remind people to take their medication on schedule ad record when they do so. Meanwhile, portable diagnostic devices will make it easy for those with mobility problems to get blood and urine tests.

While the IoMT isn’t being used much for actual diagnoses, it is proving to be a very useful tool in ensuring compliance with doctors’ orders. It’s also providing benefits at the facilities level, with hospitals and clinics using the IoMT for managing inventory, medical device integration, and optimizing workflow.

Best of all, connected medical devices take subjectivity out of the equation by providing concrete data that is easy to assess and share. Security remains an important issue, but as the field gains momentum, the technology is expected to improve even further.

This blog post was based off of an article from Forbes. View the original here.

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