Designing for IoMT ( Internet of Medical Things)

Actor Network in Government General Hospital, Trivandrum. Figure shows information[red] and action [blue] between different actors in the network.

Connected devices are not just pieces of hardware. They change the nature of the network of people, places and things. Designing connected devices for hospitals involves the study of the ecosystem in which these devices exists and how the nodes of the networks ( Patients, By standers, Stands, Medical devices etc) interact with each other. A smart infusion device acts on the network of a people in many ways.

Information flow

Information about drip completion was usually passed by-stander to the nurse. But this, was often obstructed in various flows as caretakers used to go outside or patients were sleeping, though there were lot of other actors in the system. This information will be directly conveyed to the nursing station with a smart infusion monitor.

Power relations

Smart devices with its access to information can bring in curated information and suggestions to the nurses altering the power relations and knowledge gap between nurses and doctors.

Temporal awareness

Information of drip completion will be readily available to the nurse at hand. Nurse can take informed decisions to manage her time effectively.

Glocalized Information

The information nevertheless remains local, it surpasses the ward level and leaves global. This increases the implication up on security in patient data and designing of such system should be done with security as a major priority.

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