Beyond the hospital:
FUTURE HEALTHCARE IS IN YOUR HOME
Future Growth is working on a major research project about potentials in IoT.
In the coming weeks, we will post about our findings, beginning with personal health and professional healthcare.
Imagine that you are sitting at work, and you get a call from your father’s physician. Your father is in the hospital, it is not serious, but you should come see him. When you arrive, you find your dad sitting in a room looking tired, but he smiles, as you enter. “What happened?” you ask.
The nurse shows you a screen on her iPad with data graphics and visuals: “Your dad almost suffered a heart attack. The heart rate sensors in his watch alerted the home assistance device, which also perceived some irregular behavior in your dad’s morning routine. When the alert reached us, we sent the closest team to his house. They got there just in time to stabilize him and prevent the heart attack from happening.”
Revolutionizing public healthcare with IoT
With more and more devices tracking our behavior, habits and patterns, and collecting all kinds of signals and different data from our daily life, IoT has the potential to revolutionize modern healthcare with promising technological, economic, and social prospects.
With IoT-based healthcare services, we can:
· Reduce costs
· Increase the quality of patient care and life
· Enrich user experience
How? With real-time monitoring, early diagnostics, supporting chronic diseases, just to mention a few of our options if we ride the wave of IoT technology.
From hospital to home
Keeping patients in hospital settings is expensive. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average daily cost for a single inpatient was over $1,700 in 2013. Remote monitoring products give hospitals the option to move a patient home, without compromising their treatment and safety.
Real-time patient monitoring bridges private healthcare with public and can easily be applied to help the elderly, chronically ill, and those requiring constant supervision — even in early illness detection. With tools like Alexa, Google Home and Jarvis, the patient has personalized help to coordinate and manage multiple devices across platforms.
Empowering the patient
But this is not just about cost-cutting. Real-time monitoring can empower the patient with a better understanding of their own condition and how to act on it. Say that your father’s smart device alerted him prior to the heart attack, when it registered small deviances in his stats. Told him to rest a bit or drink some water, and, if there was no improvement, to go for a check-up.
With IoT, your most important digital ally is not just the phone in your pocket, but your entire home, appliances and other objects around you. Devices that ensure your well-being at any given moment by coordinating and talking to each other and other services constantly. The potential is unlimited.
The near future promises to change how we deal with illness and emergencies, and offers a more democratic, effective and instant way of ensuring our well-being, depending on professionals only when it is strictly necessary.
Despite great advances in new technologies and treatments within the hospital domain, the easiness and ubiquity that the digital revolution has offered for the past years has not been fully translated and exploited into new and valuable services for the average end consumer.
Beginning with real-time monitoring and smart home assistance, we have the unique opportunity to rethink and optimize the entire healthcare system.