5 IoT Applications That Will Change The Face Of Healthcare

5 IoT Applications That Will Change The Face Of Healthcare

When one thinks of the Internet of Things (IoT), high-end military technology and connected homes come to mind. However, the applications of IoT are not limited to these fields only.

It has had a significant impact on the medical field as well. In the recent years, medical IoT wearables have rapidly come to the forefront. Right from diagnostics and monitoring to medical methods, the IoT has promised to deliver fully functional applications which were once only conceptual in nature.

These 5 IoT wearables, I believe, will change the face of human health care.

Augmented Reality for Medical Inspection

The sweeping rise in digital technology has had positive effects on the functioning of the medical industry. In the last 5 years, we have witnessed how the successful digitalization of medical industry has reconstructed the traditional medical procedures. However, it has left some patients in disdain due to a reduction in “eye-contact” with doctors.

With the help of augmented reality, this problem can be solved and the prevailing gap between doctors and patients can be bridged.

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The above image shows how a patient is being treated virtually. However, research is being done to transmit digital information using smart glasses and create a real-life environment. This far stretched application of augmented reality is conceptual in nature, however, the research work is in progress and in years to come it will change the face of medical industry.

This will bring the missing solidarity in the digitalized medical industry and reinvent the essence of visiting our family doctors for routine checkups.

 Ingestible Sensors

Swallowable sensor, for me, is a fascinating aspect of the internet of things. It unfolds a whole new world of possibilities of remotely monitoring patients. The ingestible sensors could be used to tailor medicines more precisely to reflect each of our medication-taking patterns and lifestyle choices.

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Proteus Digital Health

It will add a great deal of precision while assessing the dosages of medications on individuals and reducing the side effects caused by incorrect prescription.

Let me take this concept a step ahead. What if these ingestible sensors use stomach juices as its source of energy and cure schizophrenia, bipolar diseases and other depressive disorders?

Yes, you’ve read it right. These sensors will help gauge diet adherence which will prove to be beneficial in curing depressive disorders.

Wearables

I was not aware of wearables described this way. At first, I confused it as devices for the deaf. But later, with a little inspection, I found out that the benefits are not limited till here.

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BioSport Hearable Device

It covers a broader scope of tracking fitness metrics and biometric data through simple ear buds. It helps to track vitals such as blood pressure and heart rate and other significant internal factors.

In recent years, there has been a significant rise in the number of young people suffering from partial or complete deafness.

Wearables can help avoid ear-related problems by simply amplifying or obstructing selected sounds.

Smart Glasses

Smart Glass is basically a nursing technology such as artificial intelligence, used to clarify vision. A headset is mounted on lens and with the help of an HD camera, the real-time footage is transferred on an LED screen.

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A separate headset device helps the user to magnify the image and gain the best possible picture. Based on this picture, wearers will give audio instructions that will allow the navigator to direct and steer away from obstacles.

Although people with visual disabilities are one area of interest, research is being done to find a cure to Alzheimer’s disease using this technology.

Moodables

Finally, we land on the most consumer-oriented segment of the article. Moodables are soon to be mankind’s best friend. They claim to improve relaxation to helping people with stress disorders and ADD.

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These devices can read the brainwaves and send low-intensity currents to the brain accordingly.

These techniques can be used on a healthy as well as on an impaired brain. This will open a new branch of study and it can help to understand an awful lot about human brain functioning and how mood can be elevated.

Although this idea is still nascent, it has managed to create a huge steer in the market and I am curious to see how it turns out to be. Till then, surrender yourself to a good book and a classical Chopin symphony – the conventional transcending and mood elevation devices.

Conclusion

The IoT’s impact is broader than this article suggests. Innovations in connected technology are revolutionizing the overall medical practices with the entire sector growing to apply these innovations as a cohesive solution.

While we have yet to see a large-scale adoption of the Internet of Things in healthcare, its popularity is undeniably on the rise in other industries. Will IoT manage to successfully improve the quality of our lives? Only time will tell.