Processes of optimization are common for every market. Companies try to optimize their resources and cost-efficiency. At the same time, every field of business is looking for new solutions to raise productivity and profitability. Some areas face some serious concerns. For example, healthcare in recent years has witnessed the rise of patient numbers.
Besides, new despise, especially contagious ones, demand to be always alert to cope with new challenges. Software development for business and robotic technologies found significant usage in the field. The Internet of things which seemed to be nothing but a product of one’s imagination three decades ago now is getting more and more widespread. Being applied in medical science, these technologies created a new notion of the Internet of Medical things (IoMT). This growing field of applied science is popular among investors. At the same time, big global IT companies adapt their inventions to the needs of modern healthcare. In big hospitals, doctors usually have a very busy schedule, that demands the systems to monitor the condition of the patients remotely. Now, let’s analyze the main aspects IoT is getting applied in medical care:
Personal management of medication process
Prescription of the medicine on the base of diagnosis is not enough to organize an effective treatment in the out-patient conditions. Some of the patients need to be reminded about the time to take a pill. In other cases, the combination of medicines is very complicated, that it triggers the necessity of a specific system of control and monitoring. Nurses or members of the family, who take care after bedridden patients also need constant advice and supervision. For these needs, numerous applications are available to install on the smartphone or other wearable gadgets to set the medication schedule and fix the dose. Doctors also may have access to the records on medication phases completed to make proper decisions about the continuation of the therapy and assess its effectiveness.
Making an Appointment
No need to mention how exhausting it can be to call the hospital to set the time of consultation. Waiting on the line could take ages, so this way of service booking was not effective at all. Not only because patients could get tired of waiting and simply call another hospital. The hospital management had to hire additional employees for the calling center to cope with the huge number of requests, especially in the time of seasonal increase of some disease occurrence. That’s why applying IoT to improve the communication between hospitals and their patients resulted in numerous smarts solutions. You just download the application, install it, choose the hospital, the doctor, and the time appropriate for you. Just one click and your consultation time is fixed.
Requiring the Data
The other issue many patients would call a problem was to get the test results on time. Previously you had to call the hospital, sometimes visit it personally. Later, the hospital would send it via email. But again, when a receptionist or a laboratory administrator gets thousands of requests during who working shift, he/she will lack time to analyze all of them, find the information, and send it to the right addressee. IoT solved this issue. Now, you just get the hospital’s client application, sign in, and get access to your personal records 24/7. You can also get notifications that the test results are ready immediately after the laboratory analyzed the samples. So, the information is updated on time. Some applications can support the connection with your GP, so having analyzed the information, he can make recommendations on the therapy online, via the same application.
Preventative Care Solutions
Patients who are genetically predisposed to several diseases need special monitoring and supervision to notice the first symptoms and prevent or at least postpone the further development of those conditions. On the other hand, such diseases, like diabetes, need the tilt round the clock control on the patient’s records in order to avoid critical situations. In both of these cases, there are multiple solutions to collect the patient’s data and control it for any changes. Doctors can monitor blood glucose content and support patients with timely recommendations. Different applications, available on smartphones and wearable devices, give a chance for a new normal life to many patients worldwide.
Optimisation of Administrative Processes
Automation of many traditional working processes in the field of healthcare brought a wide range of new opportunities to hospitals and, as a result, high quality of services and general support for the patients. Having applied IoT to reduce waiting time, gave much profit to hospitals in different countries. Fates show that automation of appointment booking, patient ticketing, patient distribution reduces the waiting time by more than 50%. Proper management of the processes of patient admission and discharge gives the possibility to the hospitals use from 200% of 300% their capabilities. In this way, a small clinic with a capacity of 300 beds can provide service for 900 patients.
In-patient intensive services
Departments of intensive care are stuffed with different sensors and life support equipment, which need to be monitored every second to assure the patient’s survival. On the other hand, the supervision of the recovery process with special attention to the smallest changes in the patient’s condition is a must. At the same time, patients need rest, silence, and complete sterility of the ward, that cannot be organized if every piece of equipment is controlled by a separate specialist. Here, with the help of IoT, highly accurate and sophisticated systems are designed to provide life support to the patients in life-threatening conditions. All the data on vitals is collected via sensors, sent to the analytical centre, and doctors can have access to it remotely any time they need it. Besides, the hospital staff is always informed if there’s an error in the work of any equipment, such as ad lung ventilators, and so on. With the appliance of IoT in healthcare, have grown the chances to save human life.