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IoMT: The Combat Against Healthcare Barriers

By Pharma Tech Outlook | Friday, February 08, 2019

Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming an emerging platform of solutions to improve patients’ outcomes and reduce costs. The inclusion of Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) can deduce the inefficiencies the healthcare industry is facing. This sensor-based technology substitutes mundane tasks, manual treatments by sensors attached medical devices, surgical robots, and personal fitness sensors. IoT-powered wearable devices make it possible to collect real-time data from millions of patients. Following are some of the application of IoMT that is improving the industry like never before:

Solves interoperability issues: It is a major barrier to the adoption of new technologies in healthcare. The industry should collectively address the issue and adopt open standards instead of proprietary protocols and interfaces with the help of IoT. It creates more agile, flexible techniques to break the interoperability within the system and process.

Resolves information security: Tech-solutions are enabled by cloud solutions. Cloud solutions are more secure than internally hosted IT solutions. Solutions that are enabled by peer-to-peer communication reduce security-related risks.

Improves healthcare data collection and exchange: Data collected and streamed from patients, hospitals, doctors, and ambulances by sensors are infused in operational processes for more effective healthcare services. The collection of patient data allows preventive care, prompts diagnosis of acute complications and promotes understanding about therapies.

Provides analytics and intelligence: IoMT generates data that is used for a user's consumption for efficient and effective decision making. Predictive analytics powers decision-making processes by generating insights about chronic diseases and outcomes.

Improves medical image processing: The amounts of captured medical images are growing in numbers on a daily basis. It becomes hectic for the physicians to check the images up. The intelligent technology wipes out the imperfections by analyzing the images faster, accurately and detecting anomalies in better ways.

Fills the gap: IoT allows physicians to collaborate with other doctors across the globe and share best practices. This helps to increase the knowledge base of doctors around the world.

IoT is fuelling the progression driven by technologies in the healthcare industry to deliver excellent care and satisfaction to the patients.

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