3 Upcoming Healthcare Trends & Challenges Triggered by the IOT Explosion

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By Kevin Patel | Service Assurance Technology Analyst at Xangati

Wouldn’t life be much easier if your aging mother’s pill bottle could notify you every time she forgot taking her medicine? 0r your bed could send the information about your sick spouse’s poor quality of sleep to your family physician before she is even fully awake?

Welcome to the IOT explosion!

With the budding “Internet of Things” revolution, every object with a sensor will be able to send alerts and transfer data. Smart gadgets will gain popularity in the market and life will become much easier and effortless. Let’s take a look at how the IOT will change the existing healthcare processes in the next two years and make them more efficient and safe:

  1. IOT Will Encourage A Healthier Lifestyle
    Patients will be able to skip the wait time and get instant access to healthcare practitioners without pulling up WebMD on their Smartphone’s. The rise of telehealth apps will eliminate the need to visit the doctor and allow the medical practitioners to be more efficient in encouraging a healthier approach.
    As digital technology takes over the healthcare sector, there will be significant cost savings, improved quality of care and empowered patients, but these promises are not without obstacles. While this union will prove to be highly beneficial to both patients and practitioners, here are the 3 key challenges facing this highly productive merger:
  2. Remote Monitoring of Health Will Lead to Efficient Patient Care
    Medical equipment such as fetal monitors, pacemakers, IV pumps, and cardioverter defibrillator devices will be securely connected to monitor patient records without needing human intervention. Physicians will get the benefit of accurate diagnostics with real-time insights and patients will receive improved quality of care.
  3. Wearable Health Devices Will Lead To Cost Reduction
    Implant devices, skin patches and fitness trackers will send instant alerts to the cardiologist or the general practitioner every time a patient’s heart rate becomes irregular or the blood sugar levels exceed the permissible limit. The constant monitoring of wearable health devices will deliver tremendous value to patients suffering from chronic diseases by facilitating timely intervention before the condition becomes chronic and invites serious consequences. Clinical trials are already underway on heart failure patients who are being equipped with sensors that monitor their heart rate and blood pressure. Such monitoring is expected to improve the health status of patients and lower healthcare costs by keeping a medical condition from turning cataclysmic.
  • The Confusion Created By the BYOD Culture
    Smart devices are just one aspect of the whole IOT revolution but who is connected to the patient’s data and how the process is being handled play a vital role in determining the quality of patient care which is likely to suffer due to data breaches. When IT departments are handling a massive amount of data coming in from different devices, it becomes important to ensure that the data centers are being monitored end-to-end.
  • Inconsistencies Created Due to a Mega Flow of Medical Data
    Consistency is critical in the healthcare setting and this makes it mandatory to maintain the established medical protocols even with the entry of IOT. Wearable healthcare devices coming in from different vendors can raise questions of propriety and create inconsistencies.
  • The Need to Secure Sensitive Patient Data

Overcoming IOT Obstacles with a Virtualization Monitoring Tool
Since IOT has already made its way in the health care industry, the next step is to ensure how patient data is being protected as it continues to delve deeper with health apps. As the level of data sharing continues to grow, security concerns will need to be addressed to ensure that there are no HIPAA violations. Manage these challenges as you embrace the constructive change with a robust and reliable management system that can identify and resolve infrastructure contention issues in virtualized environments with unprecedented access to larger sets of data. A virtualization monitoring tool is fully-equipped to tackle the fast and furious changes triggered by the IOT explosion. From eliminating storage bottlenecks and identifying performance anomalies to giving out remediation strategies and running applications smoothly, a monitoring tool is the key to driving infrastructure performance while maintaining complete security.

IOT in healthcare has potential benefits provided you establish a failsafe infrastructure with an advanced virtualization monitoring tool!


Author Bio: Kevin Patel is a Service Assurance Technology Analyst at Xangati. A self-proclaimed tech geek, with a passion for the ever-changing world of virtualized and hybrid-cloud environments. Kevin has a passion for dissecting tech topics such as virtualization, data center migration, storage, networking and cloud. On his days off, he can be found watching sci-fi movies, rock climbing or volunteering.