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White Paper

The Internet of Things for Medical Devices- Prospects,Challenges and the Way Forward

 
 

Today, it has become increasingly possible to remotely monitor a patient’s health with the use of network of sensors, actuators and other mobile communication devices, referred to as the Internet of Things for Medical Devices (IoT-MD).The IoT-MD provides an environment where a patient’s vital parameters get transmitted by medical devices via a gateway onto secure cloud based platforms where it is stored, aggregated and analyzed.

Health and wellness is one of the most promising application areas of IoT technology. The Internet of Things (IoT) is increasingly being recognized by researchers and analysts as one of the most sophisticated technologies that has the potential to not only affect the health, safety and productivity of billions of people but also has a major economic impact.

Applications of IoT-MD
Connected healthcare programs utilize scarce resources to provide an improved quality of care, leading to better clinical outcomes. The major use cases in this domain include:

  • Care for the pediatric and the aged
  • Chronic disease management
  • Personal health and fitness management

Challenges in IoT-MD
The significant challenges in the integration and management of IoT-MD include:

  • Managing device diversity and interoperability
  • Data integration
  • Scale, data volume and performance
  • Flexibility and evolution of applications
  • Data privacy
  • Need for medical expertise

Maximizing Results with a Platform-Based Approach
To meet the challenges of the IoT-MD, we recommend using a service-oriented platform. The platform, following a service-oriented architectural (SOA) approach, should be modular and made available as services that are callable from external applications by means of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

Benefits of IoT-MD

  • Lowered cost of care
  • Improved patient outcomes
  • Real time disease management
  • Improved quality of life
  • Improved user experience
     

Conclusion
Nations across the world are struggling to improvepatient care and IoT-MD provides a timely and cost-effective response to this critical imperative. Moreover, recent developments in sensor, internet, cloud, mobility and big data technologies have led to affordable medical devices and connected health programs, vastly increasing the potential of IoT-MD to influence further changes.  

Read this white paper to explore potential application use cases as well as the challenges caused by the IoT on medical devices.