A recent article in Forbes states that the Internet of Things in healthcare will be a $117 Billion market by 2020. Seem overblown? Hardly. The Internet of Things and Healthcare were made for each other.
A recent article in Healthcare Information Management & Systems Society states that healthcare can benefit from the Internet of Things in three ways:
- Operational Efficiency
- Improved Patient Care
- Improved Performance, Leadership & Innovation
Imagine a world where your doctor could access all your vital statistics since your last doctor’s appointment. Wouldn’t that provide a better picture of your overall health than a one time snapshot at the office or an unreliable (and hard to remember) personal log? What if your pill bottle automatically alerted your physician that medication wasn’t taken (think about dementia patients!) or automatically sent a refill request to the pharmacy?
OK- maybe that seems too intrusive for you. What if the medical equipment in doctor’s offices and hospitals could relay your information more easily. A cloud-based world with IoT could enable that, allowing for up to date medical information the moment you walk into the Emergency Room, including blood type, recent medical problems, allergies, etc., all of which are potentially life-saving.
The only question is- where do we draw the line between life saving tactics and privacy?