The increase in demand for wearable devices that measure various health parameters such as heart rate, oxygen levels, blood pressure and other vital signs is boosting the adoption of medical Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.
IoT in the medical device sector can provide several advantages and improve patient outcomes by detecting diseases at an early stage, enabling remote patient monitoring and allowing for personalisation.
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Medical Device Network has listed some of the leading companies offering products and services related to IoT using its intel, insights and decades-long experience in the sector.
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Applications of IoT in medical devices
IoT has many applications in the medical devices industry, some of which are listed below.
Remote patient monitoring (RPM)
RPM emerged as an important tool during the lockdowns imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It helps doctors and physicians to remotely important vital signs of patients, especially elderly patients, through IoT-enabled wearable devices, skin patches and other medical devices. Physicians can easily monitor patients remotely to check disease symptoms, treatment progression and other data.
IoT-enabled medical devices coupled with RPM can help in providing access to reliable data in clinical research by tracking a wide range of parameters such as heart rate, sleep, sweat analysis and glucose levels of the trial participants. They can also cut costs by reducing the need for trial participants to visit the hospital or clinic to track progress or report symptoms.
Contact tracing remained vital during the pandemic as it enabled healthcare authorities to track and trace people with possible symptoms and prevent them from spreading the disease to another person.
Governments across the world used contact tracing technology coupled with wearables and smartphones to track a contact and notify the potential of exposure to Covid-19.
The healthcare model is evolving and moving towards a consumer-led healthcare model where patients are emerging as the point of care instead of patients visiting doctors and physicians who make decisions based on medical history. The emergence of consumer-led healthcare is expected to change the patient care pathways.
Wearable technologies, sensors and other IoT-enabled devices are providing access to rich data sets comprising vital signs measured throughout the day. The data generated by the devices will help people in following a healthier lifestyle and enable physicians to improve diagnosis and adopt more precise disease treatments.