In many countries, people spend more and more money in hospital. With the global population ageing, more and more people have chronic diseases. The statistics regarding the same can be a tad frightening. But the Internet of Things (IoT) could play a crucial role in the healthcare. According to researchers, there will be over 23 billion connected devices by the end of 2018.
IoT can be applied to the healthcare industry, including healthcare workflow optimisation, inventory management, medicine integration and so on. For example, this technology has been implemented in almost every aspect right from the new-born babies to everything big at Boston Medical Centre. Babies wear Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) wristbands, allowing they can be tracked. RFID sensors are installed on the exit of the hospital. If the baby near the sensor without being signed out, the consequences are that the elevators will stop, and the exit doors will close.
IoT can bring a lot of value to any organisation in the healthcare industry. Patients will wear RFID wristbands to be tracked in real time. With these devices, doctors can know who should be where and when by the centralised operating system. In turn, this can prevent the chaotic scenes that follow especially in case of medical emergencies.
IoT technology can also be used in inventory management. Tracking the shelf life of medicines can prevent patients have unnecessary health complications. It is important to ensure the right expiry date of medical devices when doctors take medical devices. This technology can simplify the medical process and send alerts to a shared database.