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Internet of Things offers a vast of promises in the field of healthcare by increasing efficiency, improving patient care and lowering costs. According to an interesting report from MarketResearch.com, the Healthcare Internet of Things market segment is expected to hit the $117 billion mark by 2020. Some of the methods in which Internet of Things is transforming the healthcare industry are:

the ability for an IoT device to be tested and diagnosed remotely. A specialist can connect from his own office and run diagnostics on an MRI that has failed. He can identify the root cause and remotely connect to the hospital’s technicians to provide hands-on-support. These interventions in hospitals will help to lessen medical equipment’s idle time and increase the systems efficiency.

The Internet of Things enables hospitals to track, monitor and update patient information in a systematic manner. Data could include reported outcomes, medical-device data, and wearables data. Computational methods of analytical support, known as augmented intelligence, are collectively used to analyze information. This type of database can help healthcare professionals in better decision making and providing superior patient care.

Internet of Things ensures better inventory management in hospitals and healthcare organisations.

Cloud based scheduling applications can ensure that machines, hospital staff and infrastructure is being utilized to its fullest capacity.

IoT Risks & Challenges:

One of the major risks associated with the erosion of IoT is the privacy of patient-sensitive data. There is a huge amount of  exchanging information through this technology and this often leads to concerns about the disclosure of vital personal data. Patient history confidentiality is mandatory in the healthcare sector and critical data may be misused if accessed by culprits. Intentional disruption and manipulation of networks is another threat faced by IoT in the healthcare industry. Similar to any networked technology, IoT is vulnerable to hackers, thieves, and spies etc. who may create havoc through medical crime.

Healthcare organizations must also be able to identify legitimate and malicious traffic patterns on IoT devices. Encryption is needed for better security.There should be in-built security controls such as administrator ID’s and password authentication to prevent the misappropriation of critical data. Some suggests that devices be configured to inhibit data storage media from being retrieved, and the device itself should not be easily disassembled.

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