Smart Hospital = Smart Network = Smart Healthcare

What an exciting time to be alive! Smart technology is revolutionizing healthcare. It’s making hospital stays less stressful and more enjoyable; It’s empowering clinicians with more expertise and time to spend with patients; It’s making care more personalized and less invasive.

It’s enhancing the human experience.

What do I mean? I’ve highlighted some of the innovations transforming healthcare today and the exciting impact they’re having on the patient and clinician experience.

 

Smart Building and IoT

According to recent research from Frost & Sullivan, “There will be up to 30 billion connected IoT and medical devices in healthcare by 2020.”

A fundamental component of becoming a smart hospital is embracing IoT technology throughout the entire facility to increase efficiency and patient satisfaction. This includes all medical devices and smart sensors that are connected to the network, including Wi-Fi, and enable machine-to-machine communication and an infinite abundance of useful data. The possibilities of this technology are endless. Imagine:

  • Electrically conductive yarn that is woven into hospital beds and monitors moisture and movement to alert healthcare staff of an infection/wound, or automatically adjusts the bed to proactively prevent sores
  • A vital sign monitoring system that transfers and analyzes high volumes of data in real-time in the hospital’s EHR system, saving nurses up to 30% of time transcribing to spend with patients
  • Patients being able to control their own environment with ease, including lighting, entertainment systems, heating, food selection, HVAC, and more at their fingertips
  • Digital medicine, in the form of pills with microscopic sensors, to treat conditions like hypertension or psychotic ailments to ensure proper usage since 50% of the prescribed medication is not taken as directed
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Use cases like these no longer need to be imagined. This technology is already being developed or in use. Mt. Sinai Medical Center was able to reduce wait times for 50% of ER patients due to IoMT software. In an industry so reliant on human care and emotional support, these technologies will streamline staff processes, increase patient insight, and enhance engagement and satisfaction for better healthcare outcomes. What’s more, Goldman Sachs estimates there will be a $300-billion savings in annual healthcare expenditures attributed to IoMT technology.

 

Telehealth

The digital health market is expected to reach $206 billion by 2020

IoMT in the form of video chat platforms is having a real positive impact on the industry in certain scenarios. Hospitals are reducing readmission rates, minimizing costs, and reaching patients more broadly with the implementation of these remote services. Wearables and remote patient monitoring (RPM) devices are enabling clinicians to monitor patients post-discharge, keep them on track with their recovery plans, and reduce the costly burden of aging health problems or chronic conditions. In addition, healthcare providers are using mobile health (mHealth) apps, like ITriage and MyChart, to keep patients educated on specific conditions, illnesses, and preventative services.

 

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