Technology is important. Health even more, and with the help of technology, our lives have improved in the past years. From one year to another, new inventions entered our lives, making things much easier at work or at home, improving our lifestyle. Internet of Things is a new hot topic, but many don’t understand how this technology works and how it can revolutionize healthcare.
According to Wikipedia, “The internet of things (IoT) is the network of physical devices, vehicles, buildings and other items – embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data.” In everybody’s language, this concept “enlivens” electronic devices all around us, giving them a mind of their own, which they use to collect data and send it to a private or public cloud, then to automatically trigger events and actions.
For example, if we’re talking about smart home devices, here are a few examples of gadgets with Wi-Fi capabilities that make the best companions. Of course, they’re good for your health, as well. If it’s too hot or too cold inside, you can control the temperature by home, and there are a few devices that adapt to owners’ schedule and keep track of their energy usage. This way, the gadget will know when to go greener.
Are you an early morning person who drinks a cup of coffee before leaving home to go to work? You don’t have to warm up the coffee pot, add tablespoons of ground coffee and water, pus the button and to wait until coffee starts flowing from the machine. Invest your money on a smart coffee machine which you can control from anywhere in your apartment. You can set it as a morning alarm and order it to make coffee until you get to the kitchen.
But enough about smart home devices! Let’s focus on Healthcare and IoT, and see how these two concepts can work together harmoniously. Hospitals should be the first places where Internet-connected devices should be introduced, as they will help both doctors and patients in so many ways! Doctors can easily collect data about their patients’ condition using electrocardiograms or temperature monitors without needing to continuously check up on them. Smart devices will do this in their place and based on delivered valuable data, doctors will know how their patients are doing.
In many hospitals, traditional beds have been replaced with “smart beds” with sensors that are able to detect when a patient is attempting to get up, applying pressure and support to the person in need, and she or she will no longer hit call nurse button for basic needs, such as going to the toilet.
Internet of Things technology can be also coupled with home medication dispensers. There are many sick people living alone and they forget to take their medication, and by implementing this technology in this area, patients will never skip a pill again. Smart devices used for their needs will upload data to the cloud whenever they forget to take their medication, the care team will be alerted and will act quickly.
This October, the IoT Tech Expo Event will take place in Santa Clara, and with this occasion will be unveiled the latest innovations that will cover Health, Transport, Manufacturing, Logistics, Government, Energy and Automotive, so you shouldn’t miss this conference!
Looking for a new gadget? How about a Drone? You know you want one!