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How has IoT Revolutionized the Telemedicine Industry?

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Thelma Lee
Thelma Lee
Thelma Lee is a tech journalist with nearly 15 years. While studying journalism at Boston, Thelma found a passion for finding new tech gadgets. As a contributor to Business News Ledger, Thelma mostly covers technology news and stories.

One of the most important factors affecting the quality of human life and society is the health of people who depend on various parameters.

In the era of technology, the lack of technology in medical services is felt. Easy access to appropriate medical services is one of the most important parameters.

In some cases, lack of access to medical services due to lack of time or difficulty in accessing the medical center where the clinic is located leads to the fact that people do not pay attention to small pathogens, which may be a sign of a more serious disease and irreparable consequences for having a healthy person.

Telemedicine plays a crucial role here; it gives doctors and patients this opportunity.

Due to the lack of medical services and hectic schedules, better medical services and maintenance can be applied with less time and money investment.

What is Telemedicine?

Telemedicine entitles care practitioners to diagnose, evaluate, and treat patients through telemedicine technology. This advantages both patients and health care professionals to receive and transmit required data online and brings convenience. Non-emergency medical problems which do not need face-to-face appointments or consolations.

With the help of telemedicine more and more healthcare providers are proposing to “see” patients through computers and smartphones. At some points it can supply emergency calls after the doctor’s office is closed.

Telemedicine is the remote delivery of medical services, including inspections and consultations, via the telecommunications infrastructure. Patients can communicate with physicians or doctors at home by using their own personal devices or by accessing a dedicated telemedicine kiosk.

Improved technology has made telemedicine easier, even for individuals who think they are not computer experts.

Telemedicine may be categorized into three important categories:

Interactive telemedicine

It enables physicians and patients to communicate whenever it is needed. The digital transmission of medical imaging, remote medical diagnosis, evaluations, and video consultations with specialists. Interactions encompass cell phone conversations or the usage of video conferencing software.

Remote patient monitoring

Remote patient monitoring, refers to the usage of digital technologies to capture and monitor the patients with the health data and information which is transmitted electronically to health providers. Also, it may be useful to give recommendations and instructions in emergency situations.

Store-and-forward

It enables one healthcare provider to be able to share and inform the doctor with some essential information of the patient, such as lab results, blood pressure or blood sugar to provide the patient with more accurate and better service.

IoT (Internet of Things) in Telemedicine

In the words of Brendan O’Brien “If you think that the internet has changed your life, think again, the Internet of Things is about to change it all over again!”

The technological world has changed with the COVID-19 pandemic, and with it the healthcare system. At this time, doctors and health care professionals tried to prevent the virus from spreading further. Therefore, they are suddenly faced with the challenge of finding new ways to see and treat patients.

After the COVID-19 pandemic, although the growth rate of telemedicine has accelerated, and the IoT is a major player in this area, the technology should be available in all the states and countries in the world. The lack of required equipment can cause some basic issues in using telemedicine.

Adopting IoT in healthcare leads to better, safer, and easier patient care. From medical device embedding to smart sensors, the IoT can speed up medical care, reduce the time doctors spend on logistics, and spend more time treating and counseling patients.

The IoT has revolutionized the healthcare sector by providing ongoing health monitoring services. With the help of IoT in the healthcare market, patients are not obligated to be in hospitals in person to be aware of their health status. Treatment and medical examination from a remote location can be received easily. Health care professionals can continuously monitor the progress of a patient’s health, and the highest quality medical care can be provided by the IoT.

Benefits of IoT in Healthcare

Quicker diagnosis: IoT-enabled monitors perform continuous patient follow-up, which is useful for the early diagnosis of any illness or health problem.

Decrease in expenses: IoT allows patients to receive high-quality medical consultations in real-time without the need for an in-person visit, hospitalization, or readmission. This reduces the cost of medical care for the patient. Monitoring is done remotely, so hospitals can also avoid unnecessary system costs.

Better access to healthcare in remote villages and towns: Villages and towns in some countries do not have adequate access to state-of-the-art healthcare services. Hospitals and governments can collaborate together to use the IoT to provide superior medical services in such areas.

Reduction in manual errors: There aren’t so many errors in the data collected from the connected medical device. This improves the overall diagnostic quality in this area.

Better medical treatment: Physicians can monitor patients continuously through IoT-enabled medical devices, and provide more room for professional and customized treatment. Physicians and hospitals can also provide a higher level of customer satisfaction as patients become involved in post-treatment follow-up care.

Efficient management of medical equipment and medicines: The IoT, provides effective medicines, medical devices management and prevents inefficient use.

Identification of side effects at early stages: The technology used in the IoT is advanced and helps detect side effects of medicines in the early stages. This is very beneficial for both doctors and patients. Doctors can change medications and treatments immediately before the condition worsens.

Benefits to health insurers: Health insurers can use the data collection through these connected health devices to process claims and identify fraudulent claims. It also ensures that claims are processed with complete transparency. Some insurers may also give some benefits to policyholders who use IoT devices to monitor whether users are following treatment guidelines during the recovery period.

Examples of IoT applied in connected medical devices

Ventilator with IoT compatibility: Ventilator device can send patient lung situation to the cloud and in critical condition helps to inform the medical staff in emergency situations.

Blood sugar monitoring device: Blood Sugar level will be recorded on the cloud and can be monitored by the physician

Oxygen measuring device: Oxygen measuring device can send oxygen level to the cloud and the patient oxygen level be monitored remotely by doctors.

Medical Lift with IoT Compatibility:  The Patient Lift system can be monitored remotely and it automatically sends service requests when it is needed.

Arshon Technology

We at Arshon Technology as an Electronics design and Manufacturing company, developed a system using a Wi-Fi chip which can easily adapt to any product, medical companies can use it to make their products IoT compatible.

Conclusion

By applying IoT solutions to medical care, we not only provide reactive treatment when diagnosing diseases but also build preventive medical systems. The entire health system relies on prevention so that individuals do not have to suffer from the serious consequences of their illness.

Intelligent surveillance systems help identify symptoms quickly and treat them on time. This is great for both doctors and patients as it greatly reduces stress. In addition, doctors have a clear picture of their lifestyle and medical history, allowing patients to receive personalized treatment using IoT-enabled devices.
Author: Sara (Fakhri) Siahkar IoT Specialist @ Arshon Technology Inc.

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