From Aeris: "Utilizing IoT for Medical Device Implant Communication"

Sep 6, 2018

Dealing in the back-end of production on medical devices, we, as technical professionals, want to provide technology that makes safety and operability in medical care a top priority while still providing ease and comfort to the patient. With increasingly delicate medical procedures on the horizon, how do we tackle this issue and where in the game does the tech industry fall?

To begin, medical devices meant for patient care outside of the facility either are worn or implanted. While implant devices come in many forms, some of the most medically impressive that our industry has brought forth are brain implants, battery empowered electrodes that interact directly with receptors in the brain to alleviate chronic pain and even help with depression and schizophrenia. Equally as impressive as they are delicate are electronic chips implanted at the back of the retina used to restore eyesight. In the past, these wearable or implanted devices required regular trips to a healthcare provider in order to download data and adjust.  

In utilizing IoT, however, patients have the freedom to record data and make adjustments all on their own. For example, in regard to the aforementioned retina chip, patients utilizing the chip may adjust their settings based on surroundings, lighting, or other criteria via a handheld remote, which records their own sight data for their provider by automatically transmitting the information via cloud storage.

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The medical industry is at the edge of a new technological breakthrough by providing streamlined access to care and information by utilizing connectivity in the world of medical implants. This change could signal major relief for the patients who use them. By directly relaying information from the patients to the care providers, some office visits can be circumvented entirely, patient health can be more closely monitored, and patients can rest assured that their health is being guarded without the disruption of frequent check-ins.

This hyper-personalization of products and services that leverage IoT is expected to boom. According to Cognizant, it is estimated that some 12 billion devices are already connected to the Internet, a figure that is expected to grow to 50 billion by the year 2020. The market for these devices could generate anywhere from $4 trillion to $11.1 trillion per year in economic value by 2025. But this tech boom will not happen on its own. How do we position our devices within this industry in a way that will ensure that patients are willing to adopt them?

Connectivity Management for IoT Enabled Implant Devices

The IoT industry is beginning to capitalize on the implanted device trend by manufacturing products that digitize acute and chronic care, powering medical devices like subcutaneous drug delivery units, continuous glucose monitors, and vitals-monitoring equipment. Digitization in acute care, chronic care, chronomedicine, or in adherence is greatly aided by IoT-powered medical devices, but this is not to say that it comes without risks.

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Despite the clear benefits, patients still are slow to adopt the new technology. The Aeris portal, as part of the Aeris Connectivity Platform (ACP), streamlines the use and maintenance of the device. All diagnostics are at your fingertips for accurate troubleshooting to determine immediately if there is a problem with the device, the application, or the network. With data insights, the costs of repair personnel can be quelled and downtime brought to an absolute minimum for devices and the items they monitor. ACP can help avoid many problems altogether by allowing real-time visibility into device performance, resulting in greater operational efficiency, higher levels of automation, and, ultimately, a much lower total cost of ownership.




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