Industry Night: Healthcare

Could NFC Be the Next Big Thing in Healthcare?

While we’ve often discussed NFC, it’s usually in reference to replacing QR codes or mobile payment. Now, NFC could be a game-changer in the healthcare industry.

At MIT, the recent event, “NFC in Smartphones Transforms Healthcare,” featured an array of solutions, mostly involving monitoring and tracking for in-home patient care. For example, NFC could be used on patient smartphones to track and monitor sleep patterns, or track prescriptions. However, would patients be willing to use their smartphones for this? And if so, would they remember? How many patients receiving in-home care even own a smartphone? There are definitely still a lot of unanswered questions, but I think eventually, NFC will be an integral part of patient care-taker relationships.

The healthcare industry is generally conservative when it comes to adopting new technology, so it’s exciting to see NFC applications already being developed, even if there is still some skepticism around the solutions.

Slides from the event detail the solutions:

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