Before Internet of Things, patients’ interactions with doctors were limited to visits, and tele and text communications. There was no way doctors or hospitals could monitor patients’ health continuously and make recommendations accordingly. Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled devices have made remote monitoring in the healthcare sector possible, unleashing the potential to keep patients safe and healthy, and empowering physicians to deliver superlative care. It has also increased patient engagement and satisfaction as interactions with doctors have become easier and more efficient. Furthermore, remote monitoring of patient’s health helps in reducing the length of hospital stay and prevents re-admissions. IoT also has a major impact on reducing healthcare costs significantly and improving treatment outcomes. IoT is undoubtedly transforming the healthcare industry by redefining the space of devices and people interaction in delivering healthcare solutions. IoT has applications in healthcare that benefit patients, families, physicians, hospitals and insurance companies.
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Healthcare Use Cases

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Patient monitoring

Monitor health and activity for chronic disease management and wellness (fitness trackers, other consumer wearables). Also known as telehealth, Real-Time Health Systems (RTHS), or "IoMT" – the Internet of Medical Things. All to reduce readmission rates and improve health outcomes. This helps increase revenue, lower cost, lower business risk, and improve patient experience. Monitoring programs can collect a wide range of data including vital signs, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, oxygen levels, heart rate and electrocardiograms through wearable devices or prompts that request patient information, to be filled out at a convenient time and place by the patient

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Independent living

Enable elderly with conditions such as dementia to live alone via drug management, bed sensors, and GPS or movement trackers, to reduce readmission rates and improve health outcomes. Provide them with easy-to-use modern tablets for simple communication needs. This helps increase revenue, lower cost, lower business risk, and improve patient experience.

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Drug management

Control the amount of drugs taken to reduce readmission rates and improve health outcomes. This helps increase revenue, lower cost, lower business risk, and improve patient experience.

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Remote monitoring of medical hardware

Ensure proper performance of medical equipment to predict maintenance before costly repair or replacement and increase machine utilization. This helps reduce cost.

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Smart beds

Monitor beds at home or in hospital for movement, wetting, and similar, and give patients a way to call for help or control the bed, to provide a better patient experience and gather valuable health-related information to improve treatments. This helps reduce cost and improve patient experience.

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Staff operations

Equip hospital staff (doctors, nurses, administration, cleaning) with connected devices (e.g., tablets) to improve staff efficiency. This helps lower cost and improves the employee experience.

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Hospital Equipment Tracking

Hospital equipment tracking, also known as a medical Real Time Locating Solution (RTLS), is a subset of asset tracking, which uses active/passive RF-based tags and sensors to monitor the location and utilization of hospital equipment to increase efficiency and deter equipment theft or loss. Hospital equipment tracking solutions tag medical equipment to track its location and monitor usage, not only ensuring that equipment can be found when it's needed, but to predict future needs and identify inefficiencies in hospital processes.

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Medical Facility Access Control

Medical facility access solutions use keyless entry technology to control access to restricted areas, such as supply closets and labs. These solutions ensure the safety of patients and staff; prevent loss of equipment and inventory; and increase efficiency of providing and restricting access, implementing new security protocol and response in case of emergency. Access control solutions utilize much of the same technology as keyless entry solutions, relying on a bluetooth or NFC signal to alert the system to unlock the door. Because each device identifies separately in the system, access control solutions can track who's coming and going through specific doors; remotely revoke or grant access, eliminating the need to copy or retrieve physical keys; and even dictate when an individual user has access to a specific door.

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