4 Ways Hospitals Use IoT & Big Data to Be More Effective For Patients

4 Ways Hospitals Use IoT & Big Data to Be More Effective For Patients

In recent times, technology has helped the medical world to make some historical advancements. It is no more a secret that the use of the Internet of Things and Big Data has played a pivotal role in the way the medical world has grown.

Today as soon as you enter a hospital, you will see how things have changed right from registration to consultation to perhaps a hospital admission and further medical procedures. All of this is the magic of IoT and Big Data.

IoT also is known as the Internet of Things, is all about physical equipment, sensors, embedded electronics, and wearable devices that are interconnected through a network that facilitates the collection and exchange of crucial data across them.

Big Data is nothing but all of this data that is being generated and recorded at all times. It is all about this enormous amount of data that is being collected and putting it together to make some logical sense out of it.

There are organizations like JD Edwards ERP that are tirelessly working to develop solutions around integrating IoT and Big Data to make a patient’s experience in a hospital easier and also equip the medical staff with everything they need to carry out the treatment and medical procedures effectively.

Here are four ways how the hospitals are making use of IoT and big data for the effective treatment of patients:

1. Sensors, Wearable devices, etc. for recording the vital parameters

In the case of critically ill patients, hospitals ensure that their vital parameters are constantly monitored and recorded to ensure any deviations can be quickly observed and taken care of.

These sensors are interconnected to many advanced machines, and any deviations can alert a doctor or a paramedic about the condition of the patient, and they can rush in to cater to the patient’s needs.

Many hospitals may also choose to install monitoring devices on patients that they can carry home, and in case of an emergency, these devices can send alerts to the hospital staff, and a paramedic can rush to the patients for immediate assistance.

2. Creating a medical history and data trail for the patient

Once a patient is registered in the hospital systems, all his medical history, his stats and parameters, the medical procedures he has undergone, medications prescribed, and almost everything is kept safe in the hospital records.

So, all of this data is vital and is like a crucial medical record for the patient that can prove life-saving for the patient in case of an emergency that may arise, and the patient is admitted to the hospital again. This crucial health data trail for the patient can serve as a consolidated health file for the patient that he can use during his entire lifetime.

3. Patient data is kept in order and can be used to make medical decisions

This is another application of having all the patient records intact. This data can be used by the consulting doctors in the time of need or can be sent to some other senior doctors for expert medical advice in case it is needed.

This data is also used during medical procedures to check if the patient had any history or any ailment that can impact the procedure, and so the doctors can carry on the procedures differently.

For instance, a patient who has high blood pressure and is a diabetic with fluctuating vitals may not be fit for open surgery but may need a minimally invasive one, and as such, doctors may choose a route that is best for the patient.

4. Hospitals are using Patient Cards for diabetics and terminally ill patients

Many IoT hospitals are now using cards that are issued to diabetics and other critically ill patients. As soon as the patient enters the hospital, this card is scanned and links to a cloud that stores all the patients’ medical data.

A physician or a nurse at the hospital can then easily access the records and then proceed to prescribe further medicines or can ask the patient to consult the doctor based on the medicines prescribed earlier and current vitals and condition of the patient.

The Conclusion

What we discussed above as the applications of IoT and Big Data in healthcare is just the tip of the iceberg. There is much more to it and it has only started to realize its true potential. Possibilities are endless and only time will tell how it all unfolds and revolutionizes the healthcare space.

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