Healthcare industry has witnessed a paradigm shift over the past few years. Medical expenses have been soaring high and cost a big chunk of money every time you visit a hospital for diagnostics. Diagnostics’ charges make up the biggest part of the total medical expenses, and there has been no direct innovation in the diagnostic field from the patients’ perspective, since very long.
But, IOT in Healthcare industry is bridging the gap. Though IoT cannot prevent the users from falling sick, it can surely help reduce the consultation and diagnostic charges by bringing them directly to you, at the comfort of your home.
IoT gateway healthcare will not only make it easier for patients to keep a check on their health in real time, but can also prove lifesaving in cases of emergencies.
Emergency Assistance: Imagine you are 60 and alone at your home. You have High BP problems and might need assistance if your BP overshoots suddenly. And bad luck that it happens when no one else is at home to take care of you.
IOT gateway healthcare applications and devices can prove to be the biggest assets in scenario’s like these.The system will alert the nearby hospital about your condition, call an ambulance on its own if it suspects risky situation, and would alert you family members as well. Everything happening on its own, just like magic.
Medical History: While visiting your doctor, you are always supposed to carry your medical documents, depicting your current medical conditions. But the tests that you did were last to last week, and might be outdated.
By employing IoT, you can share your real-time medical history with the doctor with just a click. Now your doctor has access to your day to day activities and health statistics, and can make more informed and accurate decision to keep you healthy.
Tracking and Alerts: By using IoT gateway healthcare applications, you can be at the comfort of your home and still visit your doctor for full consultation, virtually. Everything that your doctor needs to know will already be on his screen and he would be able to fetch real-time data from the devices at your home. If he feels the need for you to visit him personally, he can let you know about it, or else can just recommend the medicines after virtual inspection.
Research: There is an extensive medical research going on around the world, which requires patient’s data for developing solutions. To study the effect of medicines you need to know how the body reacts to a certain combination of drugs. Initially, all this was done in facilities where people were paid to get tests conducted on them.But with the help of IoT, researchers can have access to a vast amount of medical data, which can prove crucial in developing new drugs and treatment procedures. Researchers can now have the more refined view of the patient’s medical condition, and plan their research in the right direction accordingly.
All these benefits are just the tip of an iceberg here; IoT in healthcare is going to completely revolutionize the healthcare industry. It won’t come to me as a surprise if few years down the line we all have IoT Gateway devices and applications installed in every home.