Intelligent Real-time Health Monitoring
Increase quality and reduce costs of healthcare through intelligent real-time health monitoring
Although healthcare providers are gradually adopting new technologies that can improve patient care and control rising costs, the impact of IoT on the healthcare industry across the world will be truly transformational.
One aspect of IoT that is growing in focus for the healthcare industry is real-time health monitoring and diagnostics, especially for patients suffering from chronic illnesses. Such systems must provide uninterrupted monitoring of various vital and biological signs while also reducing costs and protecting the patient’s privacy. Monitoring solutions that rely on sending all sensor signals to a remote cloud server for analysis are not suitable for the healthcare industry. In addition to sending private patient data to remote servers over the Internet, these systems also require uninterrupted network connectivity. This is costly and inefficient when sending large amounts of data and is also subject to latency issues and unexpected outages.
A better solution is one that uses sensors to monitor a patient’s condition in real-time and sends the data to an edge gateway device located near the patient in compliance with healthcare policies regarding privacy and security. By providing onsite medical analysis of a patient’s real-time streaming data, an edge solution can send automatic notifications to doctors in case of abnormal signs and emergencies or send vital information to caregivers to ensure drug therapy compliance. And by reducing the need for full-time clinicians, it can also alleviate the workload on nurses and doctors while significantly lowering the cost of critical and chronic patient care.