IoT Solutions World Congress- Why the Healthcare Sector Should Care

    The fourth IoT Solutions World Congress is coming up in October and the healthcare sector, having adopted IoT to improve care and track healthcare progress, is taking interest. This year, between 15th and 18th October, top internet of things companies will converge to discuss ideas and connect to bring digital transformation. The three-day conference will be held at Hall 2 of the Fira Barcelona Gran Via Venue.

    Healthcare in IoT interactions

    As technology and healthcare merge, the internet of things expands. There have been breakthrough innovations that have contributed to increased positive health outcomes in various capacities. IoT is involved in health processes such as diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of diseases.

    Examples of healthcare in IoT

    Propeller’s Breezhaler-the connected inhaler. Many patients find it difficult to adhere to the instructions of their doctors. However, IoT has been able to attach sensors to delivery mechanisms which allow doctors to track patients actively. Also, these delivery devices are now connected to mobile applications, and patients can receive reminders when it is time to take their medicine. The Breezhaler is digitally connected through a sensor and records and transmits the patient’s usage data to ensure adherence.

    Pharma. Pharma is an innovation that is aimed at improving the health of diabetes patients. This innovation is affiliated with Switzerland’s Roche, a healthcare company that deals with diagnostics and pharmaceuticals. Pharma is a continuous glucose monitoring system sensor implanted below the patient’s skin. The sensor works by communicating with a transmitter that communicates the patient’s glucose levels to a mobile application installed on the patient’s phone.

    Telehealth. Simply put, telehealth is remote health monitoring. This is a way through which IoT helps to reduce patient visits to the hospital. The use of telehealth is especially effective in cases where the patient is immobile and in the island and rural populations where patients may not have easy access to treatment institutions. Through the use of mobile home units, the patient’s vital signs parameters such as blood pressure and temperature are measured and sent to remote locations via wireless technology for review.

    Ingestible sensors. Companies such as Proteus Digital Health have invented an ingestible digital sensor that helps patients monitor adherence. The microscopic sensor is put into a pill. Once the pill is dissolved, the sensor produces a signal that is picked up by another device worn in the body. This device then transmits data to an application on their mobile.

    Phillip Appleton, head of IoT at Sopra Steria, commented about the conference saying that the event was insightful and well organized. He liked how the conference focused on blockchain and IoT services and appreciated the networking opportunities. This conference, to him, was a valuable way to spend three days.

    About the conference: The IoT Solutions World Congress 2018 edition is a platform through which stakeholders in the IoT industry can form new partnerships to harness their expertise in innovation. With 300 top-levels speakers, the event is a platform through which the IoT industry can grow.

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