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How the Internet of Things is Transforming the Healthcare Industry

The healthcare industry is being disrupted by various technologies, with the Internet of Things perhaps having the most impact. IoT enables the connection and interaction of people and devices for improved decisions. The connection enables healthcare providers to offer timely and accurate health services to their patients. Improved healthcare outcome is the result of this connection.

In a nutshell, the IoT is a combination of multiple opportunities that players in the healthcare industry can tap into to optimize their resources. Through the technology, healthcare players can make better use of their resources through process excellence and automation. For example, hospitals can use the IoT to control temperature in different rooms. Some hospitals are also using the technology for asset management.

There are different benefits of the Internet of Things for the healthcare industry. Below are five of the benefits.
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Lowers Cost
The connectivity provided by the IoT makes it easy for healthcare providers to get real time information about their patients. Through the connectivity, it is no longer necessary for practitioners to visit patients like before for monitoring. Home care facilities are taking advantage of this real-time monitoring capability. Hospital stays and re-admissions can reduce significantly when patients can be monitored remotely in real-time.
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Better Treatment
Virtual infrastructure such as cloud computing can be used to distribute dozens of healthcare solutions. One of the benefits of this is real-time access of data that healthcare professionals need to make treatment decisions. For instance, a doctor can access a patient’s medical history through data stored on the cloud to provide the right treatment. By going through the data, the doctor will be able to provide timely and improved treatment.

Better Disease Management
Hospitals usually monitor patients to see how a disease is shaping in their bodies. However, it can be quite costly to monitor patients the traditional way. Doctors can treat diseases way before they become serious thanks to remote real-time monitoring of patients that is possible through IoT.

Improved Accuracy
There are different ways that healthcare institutions can use IoT to reduce errors. For instance, IoT can automate workflows to reduce errors in data collection. With improved data collection accuracy, data-driven decisions can be made that will cut down waste and reduce system costs.

Improved Care for Patients
Finally, IoT also puts the needs of patients first. Among the ways that prioritization helps includes: accurate diagnosis, enhanced treatment outcomes and timely interventions by doctors. This prioritization is beneficial for patients.

Lower costs, improved efficiencies and better health care are some of the benefits that the Internet of Things is bringing in the healthcare industry. Many healthcare providers have embraced the technology and are finding ways to utilize it for the benefit of their patients.