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A guide to healthcare IoT possibilities and obstacles

Last updated:March 2017

Editor's note

The internet of things has numerous applications in healthcare, from remote monitoring to smart sensors and medical device integration. It has the potential to not only keep patients safe and healthy, but to improve how physicians deliver care as well. Healthcare IoT can also boost patient engagement and satisfaction by allowing patients to spend more time interacting with their doctors.

But healthcare IoT isn't without its obstacles. The number of connected devices and the tremendous amount of data they collect can be a challenge for hospital IT to manage. There is also the question of how to keep all of that data secure, especially if it is being exchanged with other devices.

This essential guide will look at some of the current applications of healthcare IoT, including how it's being used in one Boston hospital to keep track of newborns in the NICU. Next, the guide explores some of the challenges of IoT in healthcare, such as the need to manage multiple connected devices and a lack of interoperability with EHR systems. Finally, this guide will posit the future of healthcare IoT, including how physicians can turn IoT data into actions.

1What's holding healthcare IoT back?

While there are many benefits of the internet of things in healthcare, it isn't without its challenges. As with any new technology in healthcare, hospital executives and IT are concerned about data security and IoT device management. This section explores potential barriers to IoT adoption and how healthcare IT can overcome those obstacles.

2Healthcare IoT speculation and prognostication

There are already countless applications for the internet of things in healthcare, but the technology is still evolving. While one of the challenges of healthcare IoT is how to manage all of the data it collects, the future of IoT will depend on the ability of healthcare organizations to turn that data into meaningful insights. This section will also look at IoT applications that are beginning to emerge.