November 15, 2022 - Parul Saini, Webmedy Team
The healthcare industry has started adopting the Internet of Things for patient care and tracking their needs. Remote monitoring, smart sensors, medical device integration, fitness trackers, wearable biometric sensors, glucose monitors, prescription dispensers, and smart beds, are all examples of adoption of Internet of Things in healthcare.
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Lets look at the Top Uses of Internet of Things in Healthcare.
The patient swallows a vitamin-sized tablet, which is attached to a tiny camera, which takes thousands of pictures of the patient's digestive tract, which can be analyzed by specialists to check for diseases such as colon cancer. Machine learning techniques are also used for image processing, allowing doctors to diagnose and treat their patients more effectively.
A continuous glucose monitor (CGM) is a device used for monitoring blood glucose on a continual basis. A continuous glucose monitor consists of three parts: a small electrode placed under the skin, a transmitter sending readings at regular intervals, and a separate receiver.
A rechargeable IoT sensor, fixed near the wind pipe on the lower part of the neck, collects cardio-respiratory signals and sends the data wirelessly to a phone or system.
Google has patented a technology of smart contact lenses which contain sensors and microcircuits. These smart contact lenses can detect changes in the eye fluid and aid in the diagnosis of conditions that may require medical intervention.
Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed a pill made from hydrogel with an attached sensor. The pill can stay in the stomach for an extended period of time. The device can be used to track gastrointestinal temperature and ulcers.
IoT can be used to fulfill the promise of personalized medicine, which aims to provide treatment based on a patient's lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors.
The future of IoT in healthcare is promising, as consumers are increasingly interested in collecting data about their bodies and learning more about their personal health. From a technical perspective, advances in the miniaturization of electronics have also made it possible to develop smaller devices and sensors that are more portable and suitable for internal use.