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Why Internet of Medical Things is the future of healthcare?

February 26, 2021 - by Parul Saini, Webmedy team

The increase in the number of connected medical devices comes at a critical time as limitations to access health services continue to ease.

Nowadays it is usual for doctors to connect medical devices via networks to patients. Experts believe the Internet of Medical Things or IoMT is a big thing that will exceed the market of $136 billion in 2021.

What we love about it is that it provides doctors with lots of benefits and their patients. That is fast and more-accurate diagnoses, efficient healthcare service delivery, and cost reduction, which are just a few ways that IoMT will serve the healthcare industry.

In this blog, we will look at the benefits and services IoMT provides to the healthcare industry.

What is IoMT?

Before we discuss the benefits of IoMT for the healthcare sector, let's first understand what IoMT is?

The IoMT is a subcategory of the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things (IoT) has many submarkets that have emerged. The IoMT is a connected infrastructure of medical devices, software applications, and health systems and services. And while an emerging pool and general adoption of IoT technologies are serving many industries, it's a wave of sensor-based tools - including wearables and stand-alone devices for remote patient monitoring - and the marriage of internet-connected medical devices with patient information that eventually set the IoMT ecosystem apart.

From the FitBit to the physician's report, it is an IoMT system that unites patients, healthcare providers, and patient families through technology and software with a foundational mission to optimize care delivery in a faster and easier environment.

Finally, this connectivity between medical devices and smart sensors is facilitating clinical workflow management and heading to an overall improvement in patient care, both inside hospital walls and in remote locations.

Potential of IoMT for Healthcare

The power of IoMT is more accurate diagnoses, fewer mistakes, and cheaper cost of care. Connected with smartphone apps the technology enables patients to give their health information to doctors to better surveil diseases and track and stop chronic diseases.

Clinics and hospitals are the biggest users of this technology as it improves the quality of care as well as reduces the cost. The technology can observe patients and it can also be used in MRIs, X-ray machines, and CT scanners. The doctors can also use this and other medical equipment remotely to monitor things without physically being there. Before the medical staff realizes any problem, the service provider will discover problems that need to be corrected.

Uses of IoMT-enabled devices for Healthcare Management

  • Asset management monitors and traces high-value capital equipment and mobile assets, such as infusion pumps and wheelchairs, completely the facility.

  • Personnel management covers staff performance and productivity.

  • Asset management monitors and traces high-value capital equipment and mobile assets, such as infusion pumps and wheelchairs, completely the facility

  • Patient flow management updates facility operations by limiting bottlenecks and improving patient experience - for example, monitoring of patient arrival times from an operating room to post-care to a wardroom.

  • Inventory management streamlines the order, storage, and use of hospital supplies, consumables, and pharmaceuticals, and medical devices to decrease inventory costs and increase staff productivity.

  • Environment (e.g., temperature and humidity) and energy monitoring manage electricity use and guarantee optimal conditions in inpatient areas and storehouses.

In-Home Applications

The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) also reaches homes. Using a Medical connectivity technology such as telemedicine, patients can still get services from doctors away from the hospitals. For example, Remote Patient Monitoring (RTM) makes sure that patients with chronic diseases receive the help they need without visiting a hospital. This is a great technology for monitoring patients with heart and diabetic conditions. Besides that, it also signals the doctor when it identifies a problem with the patient.

We also have Virtual Home Assistants (VHA) that can take care of old parents and remind them to take their medicine and also transfer reports to family members and doctors.

Advantages of Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)

The benefits of IoMT are vast, and certainly, there are even more to be discovered as we continue to grow our expertise in this space. But here are few benefits:

  • Convenience

    One thing that a patient craves is a doctor's attention when he or she needs one. For the doctor, they will need information in real-time to resolve medical issues before they even get worse. The good news is, the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) gives a patient and a doctor the accessibility they want in real-time. Rather than visiting the patient's room, a smart cardiologist will observe the patient's heart conditions using his or her phone. And they can do that in any part of the world.

  • Objective Reporting

    As the devices can record and report on actual activity at the level of the nervous system, we no longer have to rely solely on subjective patient reports of "how they are feeling"; rather, we have an objective evaluation of the disease progress and patient therapy results as recorded by the devices.

  • Reduced Costs

    IoMT devices can save healthcare costs and also save the industry at least 300 billion dollars as per a survey. The main reason for this is because the IoMT permits and processes patients' data quickly, therefore increasing productivity. This will save both the doctor and nurse their time so that they can do the most important things. Remote monitoring also enables the physician to know the upcoming symptoms in a patient and handle them before they are severe.

  • Automation

    The automation of device and therapy records lowers human error or false reporting within clinics.

  • Improved Efficiency

    IoMT increases efficiency in the healthcare industry. But that's not all. The biggest problem patients complain about is the time notably when they visit a doctor. The case is also true for a patient who visits an emergency room. Improving efficiency in healthcare is essential because it will enhance patient experience and even build trust with the organization.

What's for Future Healthcare?

The future is glaringly bright in this space. The introduction of these systems to determine an over-burdened system considering for overly-sick patients will create a profound influence on how our communities grow older and how we take care of our sick. Traditional health care is witnessing a paradigm shift as digital transformation puts technologically advanced and connected products in the hands of users and gives patients and doctors even in the poorest and most remote locations better access to health care facilities.

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