The Internet Of Things Health Care Coup

When I was 5, I took the crayon and jammed it up my nose. And as hard as I tried, I couldn’t get it out.

Finally, when it started to hurt and it was clear I had done something serious … I went to my mother.

My mother, after trying to get the crayon out herself, rushed me to the doctor.

Internet Of Things Tops Technology Hype Cycles

This was the early 1970s Mumbai in India, and doctors at that time had little technology available to them.

Most of the time when you went to the doctor, he’d use a stethoscope, look you over and say a few words. And if all was OK, you’d be dismissed and told to come back in a year.

The doctor tried to get the crayon out, but it was stuck. Now it was getting serious…

Thankfully, my doctor persisted … and using tweezers or something like it … he eventually got the crayon out. Primitive, though still effective.

Now, perhaps this is what they would do even today with a 5-year-old who has a crayon stuffed up his nose. However, for nearly everything else, health care is a field that uses highly sophisticated technology.

Today, we have robots used in general surgery, cardiac surgery and colorectal surgery, as well as many others. If you’re a patient diagnosed with diabetes, you can use a continuous blood glucose monitor and an insulin pump to manage your condition.

Medical-device makers such as Medtronic, Boston Scientific and St. Jude Medical now make many of their products with wireless transmitters that send data regularly to computers.

In every hospital, you have patient monitors, drug delivery systems, cameras and tracking devices. And thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, all health care providers were required to begin showing “meaningful use” of electronic health records by 2014.

It’s a massive number of devices and collection of data that are all going to be part of the medical Internet of Things (IoT).

Internet of Things– The Big Data Push

Electronic health records (EHR) are expected to be in 95% of health care facilities by 2020, according to research. This is not just your doctor’s notes and your prescription records. The EHR will include your X-rays, scans, test results and everything to do with your medical history. The goal of the EHR is for it to become the one source for your entire medical history, following you from doctor to specialist to hospital to outpatient recovery.

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