3 of the Coolest IoT Medical Advances
The healthcare industry is constantly looking for ways to improve and innovate, help save lives and be more efficient. One of the ways they are doing this is through the Internet of Things. These Inte...
The healthcare industry is constantly looking for ways to improve and innovate, help save lives and be more efficient. One of the ways they are doing this is through the Internet of Things. These Internet-connected devices are advancing medical science, changing the doctor-patient relationship, and improving care in hospitals.
Let’s look at some cool IoT medical advances to come out in recent history.
Smart hospital beds
Many hospitals have started to use “smart” beds to improve patient care and safety. These beds incorporate sensors that alert nurses when patients are attempting to get up and also record movement. This movement can be analyzed by medical professionals to look for patterns linked to medical conditions or increased risk for falls. These beds also have the ability to automatically adjust the pressure and support of the bed to meet individual patient needs.
Automatic pill dispensers
Having an elderly parent can be worrisome, especially when they live on their own and need regular medicine to regulate their health. Recently, this worry has gotten easier to manage with the release of automatic pill dispensers. These dispensers work to alert medical professionals or family members when pills are taken or missed. They do this by sending data to the cloud or a mobile app.
Certain dispensers can also dispense pills based on the pill and time of day it needs to be taken. Depending on the dispenser, users may have the ability to refill prescriptions when it notices the pills are running low. This feature helps ensure the patient never runs out of a prescription, which could seriously harm their overall health.
Data-driven band aids
Imagine a band-aid that has the ability to check a wound and send data on how well it is healing to the patient’s doctor. This tech, shown at CES in 2015, will soon be a reality, as multiple companies are working to create a “smart band-aid.”
One band-aid, created by researchers from Tufts, Harvard, and Purdue, incorporates sensors, biomaterials, and microsystem technology. This tech works to track the healing process of wounds that need extended treatment like burns, bedsores, and diabetic ulcers. The wound’s temperature and oxygen level is monitored and then reports are sent to the appropriate medical professional. This allows them to adjust the patient’s treatment plan as needed to advance the healing process.
As the IoT and medical industry continue to integrate, more medical advances are sure to follow. These three IoT medical advances have the potential to change the game for wound and patient care, both at home and in the hospital.
Want to see how the IoT is saving lives? Check out our post, “3 Stories of Wearables Saving Lives.”