The Covid pandemic (COVID-19) has highlighted specific gaps in the healthcare infrastructure and emergency response systems around the world. After being taken by surprise, every stakeholder in the global health system wants an answer to the question: Can technology be used to test, track and quarantine potentially infected people to ease the burden of health care?
However, we can draw one positive conclusion, as the world today owns powerful entities such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and its equally important complement - the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT).
Based on this data, about 60% of healthcare establishments have already implemented IoT or the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) and achieved significant cost savings, increased profitability, and customer experience. More importantly, the IoMT serves the financial interests of stakeholders in the healthcare industry, including investors, manufacturers, and doctors. This technology is suitable to meet the needs of transforming the healthcare industry, for example, by supporting the transition from disparate to coordinated care and from reactive to proactive approaches. Also, according to various estimates, there were 4.5 billion IoMT devices in 2015, accounting for 30.3% of all IoT devices globally; in 2020, this number grew to 20-30 billion IoMT devices.
What is IoMT: key factors and definitions
The Internet of Medical Things or the Internet of Health Things (IoMT and IoHT for short) is a dedicated network of medical devices to ensure better access to data for patients and healthcare providers.
The IoMT's primary function is to monitor the condition of patients and notify the doctor in the event of an emergency.
Based on a Deloitte report, the market value of IoMT can reach $158.1 billion by 2022. It's three times more than in 2017.
In addition, connected devices provide a considerable number of new opportunities for the healthcare industry. Many experts believe the Internet of Medical Things can reach $135.7 billion by 2021.
The Internet of Things in medicine helps us use better things such as wearable devices, remote patient monitoring, and more, to improve the workflow and stay on top of all the data we need.
In addition, IoMT solutions help improve the accuracy of diagnoses by monitoring changes in patients' health. Using its apps, users can quickly contact their doctors at any time. In this way, medical workflows become faster as workers can serve a large number of people.
IoMT and hospitals
You can see the Internet of Medical Things in hospitals, ranging from anti-theft sensors to smart beds that help monitor vital functions. Such devices use unique systems that determine the location in real-time (RTLS). RTLS is an internal GPS receiver for hospitals. Still, instead of using satellite data, it uses sensor technologies, various tags, and Wi-Fi / Bluetooth to provide remote monitoring and data analysis.
Often, IoT devices are used for things like security or home lighting. While smart medical homes are focused on providing remote medical surveillance, preventive care, and easier access to health care for the elderly and people with disabilities.
IoMT and our body
Wearable devices have long been an essential part of our bodies. But today you can see more exciting ones. For example, many experts are trying to develop contact lenses that measure blood sugar by analyzing the tears of patients and electronic pills that can send information from the gut to your phone. Tear data will be collected by the lens and then sent to a smartphone or other devices.
IoMT use cases
Clinical infrastructure management and equipment management
Today, medical establishments can attach unique trackers to medical equipment, and clinics can receive notifications about the location of this equipment to quickly transport it to the emergency room. Also, they can also receive data on when supplies run out to replenish them.
Chronic disease monitoring
As we know, coping with chronic disease takes a lot of time and resources. The IoMT is helping to dramatically reduce these costs by simplifying chronic disease management with real-time information access and monitoring.
With RPM IoMT technology, healthcare providers no longer need to conduct personal examinations to track chronic diseases. They have access to and monitor patients' chronic illnesses 24/7.
Remote patient monitoring
Continuous monitoring of vital health data is the best example of an IoT healthcare ecosystem.
The IoT helps to more effectively track almost any sensor inserted into the human body for medical purposes. For instance, heart rate monitors check your heart rate to prevent cardiac arrest. In addition, similar devices send special notifications to medical workers to warn of a person's severe condition and provide timely medical assistance.
Monitoring of psychological parameters is used to monitor patients with psychological conditions (depression, paranoia) who are not hospitalized to prevent sudden injuries. It helps track changes in mood and warns doctors of any problems such as accidents, and even death
Cogniteq Team and IoMT technology
Our team had an excellent opportunity to apply all their knowledge and deep experience in the development of IoT solutions. Our partnership with a company engaged in developing and manufacturing assistive products that maintain and improve the quality of life of children diagnosed with autism is a prime example of our skills demonstration.
The client came up with the idea of building an application called Smooth Talker AAC that will allow speech therapists, teachers, and parents to develop language and communication skills in autistic children. The core idea was to create a platform for users to record and playback a series of voice messages.
What is a Smooth Talker?
It has a device with built-in wireless technology that can be used with Simply Works and it-Click-On Plus toy controllers. It's a unique communicator that provides wired and wireless connectivity for toys and apps. Also, it can add messages to your already existing recordings without having to delete them.
How does it work?
The screen shows one or more buttons which can be round or square. The user can set them to change color from one message to the next, and each can be replaced with a picture for each note (directly from your iPad camera or from the gallery).
Based on the client's requirements, our Cogniteq mobile development team tackled this challenge and created an IOS app (it can be used on the iPad) that allows one or two users to record and play a series of voice messages in various ways.
As a result, the app has demonstrated its prospects and potential among software for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Also, it has assisted our client in bringing Smooth Talker hardware to the digital market.
Moreover, the IoMT may see a surge shortly due to its essential role in addressing some of the deficiencies in global health and disaster prevention towards the end of this crisis.
Our company has significant expertise in software development and will be happy to help you get high-quality services from the early cooperation stage. Feel free to contact us right now to turn your health idea into reality.