With the leaps and bounds in the technology sector, it is possible to bring the same in the health sector too. There is quite a myriad of soft wares and other intriguing technical things that are already a part of medicine. But there is a need to bring in the devices which are still more sophisticated yet, easy-to-use. And one such technology which comes to our aid id the Internet of Things-IoT. IoT is the connection of things with the human world through the internet, and the things include software, electronics, etc. The newest progress in the field of IoT shows that health management is expanding its volume over the smartphone.
Let us discover some of the projects which show the variety of the application possibilities:
- NOVARTIS, GOOGLE:
Throughout the world, it is estimated that there are around 350 million diabetic patients. And until now the only method that exists to measure the blood sugar levels is to stab the patient in the finger, many times in a day and then check the values using the drops of blood. But Novartis, the contact lenses developed by Google and the Swiss healthcare group Novartis jointly should help the diabetic patients to measure their blood sugar levels through tear liquid and transfer it to a smart device like a mobile phone or a glucose monitor. Novartis has already come up with a rough model of this device and hopes to achieve significant involvement in the market in the next five years.
The process of monitoring the medication is equally important. But what the WHO experts have to say is that there are around 50% cases of the therapeutical prescriptions not getting executed in a prescribed manner. Vitality-GlowCaps has been one of the trailblazers in this area and has been a part of the market since 2010. These drug containers make use of the light and sound to notify the patient when the time to take the medicine has come. They also make a call automatically to remind the person about the same. Nevertheless, a weekly report is being sent to the customers of GlowCap, with the data about how a patient has been taking his/her medication.
It is very crucial for the doctor to spend quality time with his/her patients. And even the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia, California felt the same. This hospital in association with Microsoft has come up with a splendid and an inventive system called the ‘single-sign-on’ which supplies the doctors with access to a broad range of information: from the files of the test results of the patients, medical prescriptions and many more. Around 175 hospital devices and personal devices of the doctors, those of computing offices and systems have been connected to a single platform. And woo, the result was that the registration time got reduced from two minutes to six seconds, a decrease by 95%.
Well, these might be only a handful of intriguing examples. But these are enough to prove that IoT has already paved its way into the medicine sector and has started doing miracles. And it is expected that the Wearable health devices will soar up to $50 billion in the coming ten years.