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A guide to healthcare IoT possibilities and obstacles


The many uses of the systems and products that connect to the Internet of Things (IoT) are changing business in numerous industries. Patients and providers both stand to benefit from IoT carving out a bigger presence in healthcare. Some uses of healthcare IoT are mobile medical applications or wearable devices that allow patients to capture their health data. Hospitals use IoT to keep tabs on the location of medical devices, personnel and patients.

There are a few known enemies to the expansion of IoT in healthcare. First, there's the danger of overloading physicians with too much data and distracting them from their mission of treating patients. Some hospitals are still tweaking their security policies to keep up with the technological advancements of the BYOD and mHealth era. Stories in this guide explore how much securing healthcare IoT operations will add to an IT department's workload.

Healthcare IoT is visible enough that SearchHealthIT hosted a tweet chat on the subject. The chat was led by Rasu Shrestha, M.D., chief innovation officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and attracted the opinions of healthcare professionals on how IoT can be applied in healthcare and what might stop it from achieving some of those projections.

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Where healthcare IoT stands

Speaking to its popularity, healthcare IoT was seen in vendor presentations and displays at health IT mega-conference HIMSS 2015. IoT can be used to supplement patient treatment through remote monitoring and communication, and to keep track of patients as they move through a healthcare facility. Read on to discover the specifics of these IoT deployments.


Hospital navigation may be ideal fit for healthcare Internet of Things

One Internet of Things expert believes patients and the customer experience should be the focus of healthcare technology innovation. Continue Reading


Vendors old and new display Internet of Things devices at HIMSS 2015

The Internet of Things, along with interoperability and security were a few of the prominent topics on the minds of the 40,000 attendees at HIMSS 2015. Continue Reading


Connecting healthcare systems to the cloud could reduce downtime, boost analytics

Healthcare systems have the potential to be self-monitoring and alert IT departments when in danger of failing. Find out how this is possible through a secure cloud connection. Continue Reading


Stanley Healthcare customers use healthcare IoT for patient and inventory tracking

Kristen Lee, news writer for SearchHealthIT, visited Stanley Healthcare's Experience Center to get an up close look at its healthcare IoT offerings. Continue Reading


SearchHealthIT #chatHIT participants share opinions on IoT and the patient experience

IoT in healthcare will undoubtedly affect patient care. How and to what degree it does so will be determined by how well it's integrated with existing technology. Continue Reading

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What's holding healthcare IoT back?

The progression of healthcare IoT, or the Internet of Medical Things, is not without its challenges. Some physicians and health IT departments are still adjusting to using and securing mobile devices during work. Could IoT-derived data be too much for them to handle? The security of IoT is serious enough that a contractor for the Department of Homeland Security spoke about it at HIMSS 2015. This section also shows why healthcare's lack of standards and communication protocols around IoT put its development in jeopardy.


Different manufacturers and standards complicate healthcare IoT prosperity

Technology has developed to the point where most providers could cooperate in the "Internet of Medical Things," but varying standards and the absence of a national patient identifier are impeding that scenario. Continue Reading


Finding the right amount of technology for physicians

The recent introduction of mobile health technology into hospital settings armed physicians with more tools and gave IT departments more to protect. Will the Internet of Things in healthcare result in a technology overload? Continue Reading


Internet of Things devices catching on with consumers

The adoption of more healthcare Internet of Things devices and applications could save time for patients and physicians by reducing the need for face-to-face doctor's visits. First, those devices must show they aren't susceptible to hackers. Continue Reading


Department of Homeland Security, FBI represented at HIMSS 2015 conference

During a panel at HIMSS 2015, a contractor for the Department of Homeland Security identified Internet of Things-connected medical devices as points of entry for security hacks. Continue Reading


Twitter chat shifts discussion to scalability

Undefined standards have held back previous healthcare projects such as health information exchange. See why health IT pros agree standards are necessary for IoT to be scalable for healthcare organizations. Continue Reading


Healthcare IoT faces hurdles to becoming patient care staple

The amount of devices within the Internet of Things can create a jumble of information that needs to be sorted before it can aid patient treatment. Rasu Shrestha, M.D., explains. Continue Reading


The FDA lends safety guidance to healthcare organizations

A medical software engineer for an electronics testing company explains why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is in a tough spot when it comes to IoT. Continue Reading

3What's next for healthcare IoT-

Healthcare IoT speculation and prognostication

Connected medical devices and applications are already part of the Internet of Medical Things. How much they will integrate into patient care and other aspects of healthcare remains to be seen. This guide section dives into how IoT can be used to collect share patients' biometric data and monitor them after they've been discharged from a hospital. Keep reading to see what other possibilities could be realized through healthcare IoT.


Medical devices hooked into IoT give IT teams more to protect

The number of mobile device users is projected to approach 2 billion by 2018. That's exciting for consumers and mobile vendors, but promises to keep health IT departments busy securing the privacy of mobile medical apps and connected medical devices. Continue Reading


How healthcare systems can protect themselves

Two SearchHealthIT reporters share what they've learned from industry insiders about what to expect from IoT. Continue Reading


An IoT Q&A with a healthcare system CIO

A healthcare system CIO opens up about why advancements in big data and IoT make him anxious. Continue Reading


Tech veteran peers into the future of healthcare wearable technology

Frank Palermo, senior vice president of digital at Virtusa Corporation, sees progress being made by providers in the mobile and healthcare Internet of Things realms. Continue Reading


Future healthcare IoT applications, smart hospitals should serve patients' needs

Regardless of the amount of technology introduced into hospitals, the patient experience should always be the top consideration, Frank Palermo said. Continue Reading

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