The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to aid innovators in the medical industry worldwide. New devices enabled by smart technology provide healthcare professionals with the tools to gather patient data on a much larger scale, resulting in a level of effectiveness and agility that was previously unknown to healthcare services. As a result, healthcare IT solutions have been implemented to help hospitals and other care facilities manage and process IoT-provided patient data. According to Markets and Markets, the healthcare IT market is projected to reach more than $280 billion by 2021 at an annual growth rate of 15.9%.
While the data that healthcare providers are able to gather as a result of IoT solutions has increased the level of care that is available to patients, this new breadth of data also has presented a challenge. According to the Journal of Medical Statistics and Informatics, the size and complexity of healthcare, biomedical, and social research information collected by healthcare providers doubles every 12-14 months. Organizing and processing this robust amount of patient data into informative, accessible, and actionable forms, all while protecting and maintaining patients’ right to privacy and confidentiality, is a critical function that healthcare IT must continue to serve as IoT devices advance in the marketplace.
Effective IoT Solutions to Collect and Manage High Volumes of Health Information
Healthcare providers who want to make full use of IoT innovations are turning to Electronic Health Records (EHRs) as a dynamic way to securely manage patient data, as well as automate and streamline workflow. As an electronic version of a patient’s medical history, EHRs are real-time, patient-centered records that make information available instantly and securely to authorized users. A patient’s EHR may include all of the key administrative clinical data relevant to that person’s care under a particular provider, including demographics, progress notes, diagnosis, medications, vital signs, past medical history, immunizations, laboratory data, and radiology reports. The EHR automates access to information and has the ability to support other care-related activities directly or indirectly through IoT interfaces, including evidence-based decision support, quality management, and outcomes reporting. As a result, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, 74% of physicians reported that healthcare IT management through EHRs enhanced overall patient care, with 29% ordering fewer tests due to the availability of previous lab results and 41% enabled to order more on-formulary medications.
An EHR system is built to go beyond standard clinical data collected in a provider’s office and can be inclusive of a broader view of a patient’s care. For example, companies like Mevia have the ability to integrate their IoT-enabled tool with a provider’s EHR to help secure medication adherence, which is one of the greatest obstacles to successful medical treatments. Mevia’s data gathering technology― which can be adapted to work in blister packs, pill dispensers, and pill pouches―provide patient support and personal adherence feedback using global cellular networking standards to transmit real-time information that can update care providers through a central EHR.
For patients who wish to live independently, yet still require some form of monitoring, EHRs and wearable IoT present an effective path for healthcare providers to respond to challenges quickly. In the case of patients with cognitive disorders who are at risk of wandering, a cellular GPS tracking system, like Guardian Locate, can enable caregivers to mobilize first responders. When armed with information provided by an accessible EHR, the responders can receive recommendations quickly and administer proper care to the patient once they are located.
Aeris IoT Services Platform: The Answer to Health IT
Aeris IoT Services provides the monitoring needed to support the extension of clinical environments into a patient’s home, thereby reducing costly hospital stays. The automatic transmission of monitoring data from IoT-enabled devices directly to a data center, such as an EHR, allows patient data to be accessed with increased frequency, enabling timelier and more effective treatment. A single dashboard manages Aeris’ dependable, always-on, 24/7 connectivity options across CDMA and GSM networks, wherever devices are deployed. With seamless plug-n-play operations and minimal upfront fees, Aeris IoT Services brings about a significantly lower cost of entry and lower total cost over the long term.
Aeris can help with healthcare IoT connectivity needs and facilitate meaningful use of EHRs by healthcare providers in ways that measurably improve both the quality and efficiency of patient care.