The Internet of Things increased use of remote monitoring technology in the healthcare market.
One of the major side-effects of the growing use of mobile devices in healthcare is the demand for connected devices. The draw of mobility is the ability to receive and transmit information wirelessly. Not only is this something that patients are taking advantage of with health and fitness trackers but physicians also as more equipment used to diagnose and treat patients has a connected element to it.
- This is part of the trend known as the “Internet of Things” (IoT). This is the concept of objects, animals and people sharing information with eachother over a network without human-to-human or human-to-consumer interaction. This could be a chip in a pet that automatically sends the owner a text message if the animal leaves a specific area or a patient with a heart monitor that automatically sends doctors updates of information gathered.
This could have major healthcare ramifications as high risk patients can been monitored remotely. This will improve overall health and cut down on hospital readmissions as potential issues can be caught before they become a problem.
There are multiple ways that this type of technology can be used in healthcare. According to a report from ABI Research, the connected medical imaging equipment market (MRI machines, CT scanners and X-ray machines) is set to grow at a 17 percent compounded annual growth rate. This is happening because of the patient demand, changing government regulations and image center consolidation.
"Connecting imaging equipment is not new, but what is new is increased demand on the imaging equipment install base and the realization that services on top of the connectivity can both improve equipment ROI and competitiveness for imaging equipment stakeholders including hospitals, OEMs, and service providers," ABI Research analyst Ryan Harbison said in a press release.
He goes on to say that the growth in connected medical imaging technology is being driven by the IoT. Many devices are already using some form of the IoT platform to scale machine connectivity and application enablement.
“Today, the top MRI manufacturers offer some variation in IoT-type services including remote monitoring, predictive maintenance, and remote diagnostics,” ABI Research practice director Dan Shey said in the release. “These services and platforms not only create stickiness with customers and service organizations, they can also be leveraged to expand into new equipment maintenance and healthcare support services."
With how data and analytics are evolving, the IoT and the devices it helps powers are going to play a central role in healthcare. Imaging machines are just one example of growing trends.