Have you ever imagined a scenario where your family doctor is at your doorstep just at the time you are about to get an heart attack or your mobile phone sends notification stating “Your mother could be at a risk of getting an heart attack, please take her to nearby hospital”.
Well it is possible! Let’s discuss in brief what IoT can do in the field of healthcare , rather ‘Predictive Healthcare’.
IoT applications in healthcare can be grouped into functions like Tracking of Objects & People,Identification, Authentication, Automatic Data Collection and Sensing. Key applications using IoT in healthcare can be put under the following three categories:
Remote Patient Monitoring
Many people around the world suffer due to lack of access to effective health monitoring. Companies such as Wipro, TCS, Tech Mahindra, HCL have come up with small, powerful wireless solutions connected through IoT , making it possible to securely capture patient health data through variety of sensors, analysing the data and sharing it through wireless connectivity with medical professionals ,so that they can make appropriate health recommendations.
Mobile System Access
Medical system can be automated with easy to use mobile app interfaces. Applications used in mobiles for monitoring and delivery of healthcare, are termed as m-Health. DoctorOnDemand, HealthTap, HelloMD are some of the healthcare apps that are keeping patients connected to their doctors.
Early Intervention / Prevention
People can also benefit from IoT-driven monitoring of their daily activities. A simple IoT wearable and a mobile app can connect people to their doctor and family members. For eg. Company called Validic, connects your Fitbit to your doctor.