Impact of Internet of Things IoT
A connected healthcare ecosystem will make it easy for patients to access and track their health information and allow for seamless communication with their providers. IoT will play a significant role in enabling doctors, for the first time, to monitor patients remotely and prevent episodes of care in a timely manner. Providers will be able to manage populations efficiently and reduce the cost of healthcare delivery, improving the quality of patient experience and optimizing health system performance.
With the increasing adoption of remote care monitoring and the ability of care teams to intervene before a potential episode, the spread of Internet of Things (IoT) in healthcare is persistent and continuing to grow at a rapid pace, providing a significant opportunity for healthcare organizations to reduce the cost of care.
By 2025, Intel predicts the global worth of IoT technology from healthcare devices will constitute $2.5 trillion, and by 2020, will add $285 billion of healthcare provider value to the global economy1. As medical devices, wearables, electronic health records (EHRs) and other health IT systems become more interoperable and connected, we will see a system-of-systems evolution that will enable a fully digitized and connected healthcare continuum.
Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)
The Internet of Medical Things is all the list of medical devices and applications that connect to healthcare IT systems through online computer networks. Only if the medical devices are equipped with Wi-Fi, can support the machine-to-machine communication, which is the core of IoMT. A common use include remote patient monitoring of people with chronic or long-term conditions; which can send information to caregivers.
Healthcare offers huge potential for IoMT solutions that can provide options to improve care delivery and reduce operational costs. From asset management to the accurate tracking of pharmaceuticals, sensor networks to wearable real-time vital sign monitoring the opportunities for data-driven care provision, automation, decision-making and can also deliver patient empowerment.
A number of enabled devices are available to patients and providers to monitor diabetes, heart conditions, and other ailments; the devices monitor clinical data (e.g., blood glucose or heart rate), adherence data (e.g., taking medications as prescribed), and consumer health data (e.g., physical activity). The results and the given feedback to patients can help them engage and make better health decisions in real time, decreasing the need for costly doctor visits, tests, and hospitalizations and reducing the rate of progression of the disease.
Software as a service: SaaS
Software as a service (SaaS) is a digital distribution web-based model in which a vendor develop and host applications and makes them available to clients over the Internet.
At the Software as a service (SaaS) model of operation the user actually “rents” the software and pays for the authorization to use it for a certain period of time. With the traditional model of operation the user must build the server, install the application and configure it. Via SaaS all kinds of data are accessible from any device with an Internet connection and web browser. That is the main reason which SaaS has started to gain the trust of Directors and especially healthcare providers. Read the full article about the 10 reasons why SaaS is good for business.