Another example of improving patient care through technology is related to the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT). With its wearables, smart beds, and even ingestible sensors, IoMT allows monitoring patients’ vitals, locations, movements, and medication intake in near real-time.
come in many forms — from health watches to blood pressure monitors to ECG monitors, and beyond. A study conducted by HIMSS found that more than 50% of healthcare services providers
find wearable patient care technology helpful in monitoring their patients. The short-term outcomes of relying on wearable technology for closer patient monitoring are positive — people tend to adjust their behavior when being watched by medical services providers.
Smart hospital beds
help nurses monitor patients’ vitals, allowing the latter to stay comfortable and safe. Packed with sensors, smart beds can track patient’s movements and weight changes, helping prevent bedsores and falls. Smart beds can be integrated with any other patient care technology or a hospital-wide system, for instance, a mobile nursing app or a hospital EMR. That provides for well-rounded information exchange and timely hospital staff notifications.
, in turn, help monitor the state of gut health, study the impact of food and medication on a patient’s health, and monitor patients’ medication intake. The data generated by ingestible sensors can be quickly sent over to a nurse’s or a physician’s smartphone, who can then look into a patient’s key gut biomarkers.
As far as adopting IoMT-based patient care technology is concerned, there is still room for improvement. A study conducted by Deloitte
found out that 31% of MedTech companies are actively transforming their business model to leverage the data generated by IoT devices.