Just like sensor technologies, the emergence of Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is as a result of technological advances in the digital arena.
Truly, intelligent sensors are enhancing the development of a fully connected system. Inevitably, this leads to remote healthcare making its way into the mainstream healthcare.
Take, for instance, e-skin sensors (also known as wearables) which will play a vital role in a healthcare system. Even now, their impact is felt everywhere as they help to manage chronic diseases. Also, enhancement of sensor capability boosts real-time remote monitoring. That brings us to the marvelous IoMT.
What Drives the IoMT?
There are many technologies that drive the IoMT. These technologies include big data analytics, sensors, artificial intelligence (AI), and blockchain technology. Without a doubt, the IoMT is becoming increasingly important in medical facilities and patient management, says Varun Babu, Senior Research Analyst at technology-driven management solution provider TechVision. He also knows first hand how the IoMT has changed healthcare and says one way is delivering targeted medicine.
The IoMT makes impact on precision medicine. Precision medicine enables caregivers to offer unique therapies to patients. This way, their recovery increases, while diminishing negative side-effects when applying generic procedures.
In addition, given that the IoMT is dependent on feedback loops, it relays the feedback to improve the patient’s health. All these are signs that the world is moving toward smart hospitals. Only now we can see the synergistic convergence of these technologies that make the IoMT possible.
Technologies that will Define Smart Hospitals
Truly, smart hospitals are upon us. And there are key technologies that propel them. Let’s look at them briefly.
- Big data analytics: No doubt, we cannot stress enough the role of big data analytics in smart hospitals. In addition, digital prescriptive maintenance (DPM, as big data analytics, is the powerhouse behind smart hospitals. Yes, smart hospitals use data analytics to know when to take the necessary action.
- Blockchain: Blockchain helps to create models for medical record management and transfer. It also manages and shares patient’s health patterns in certain demographics.
- Artificial Intelligence: Medical diagnosis is inferred and predicted when the data generated through the IoT is analyzed. Basically, this is an advanced technique as the medical diagnosis hinges upon complex data analysis algorithm.
The IoMT will Define the Hospitals of the Future
Frost & Sullivan has taken the responsibility of enabling smart hospitals. Without mincing words, smart hospitals are the hospitals of the future. For five decades and counting, Frost & Sullivan has taken steps to tackle multifaceted hurdles in making them a reality sooner rather than later.
From business world to government circus, Frost & Sullivan identifies disruptive technologies, business models, etc. With these techniques, they overcome challenges in such environments. The IoMT is one of the additions in a series of its tech-driven innovations.
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