IoT innovations in healthcare are happening more quickly than you think

By: Jon Kennard

17, November, 2016

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Connected Living - Featured - Global - IoT - mHealth - News - Smart Cities - Wearables -

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Far too regularly, the global news cycle is at its most familiar when publishing tales of hospital funding challenges or clinical horror stories. The IoT is changing all this, and will continue to do so in the future. We covered the revolution that healthcare needs here, but what of the changes that are already happening? As is often the case, the ones that catch the headlines are just the tip of the iceberg and usually the result of other smaller improvements that have taken place over time. By the time a big idea is holding the front page, the developments that made it happen are already embedded. Here are a few examples of what’s going on in healthcare around the world right now:

Brazil: Despite recent economic instability, Brazil is a country buoyed by the recent successes of the Olympics and before that the World Cup. Brazil has a new president, Michel Temer, and although we are yet to see whether he will put technology spending and investment at the forefront of his governing strategy, in a country with the 9th largest economy and multicultural population of more than 200m, Brazil is almost uniquely placed to develop tech-enabled healthcare solutions for its citizens that can also roll out globally. Already we have seen the development of iClinic, the digitised health records platform, and Dr. Consulta, the scheduling service, and there are plenty more innovators in the tech and IoT space to come.healthcare-border

South Africa: In a 2014 survey by Forrester Consulting, 90% of healthcare IT departments in South Africa said they were ready to make changes to implement IoT solutions. More than half had an IoT solution in place already. A lot changes in two years in the IoT space, and now South Africa is seeing advancements such as beacons and other sensory tech coming through to power its IoT healthcare journey.

India: 70% of India’s 1.2bn population live in rural areas, which means cheap mass-produced wearables for simple health assessment are undoubtedly a growth area for the nation. Aside from self-monitoring, wearables will also be useful for remote monitoring by healthcare professionals – especially important for population centres outside urban areas that are difficult to  connect with face-to-face healthcare services.

Three global examples of what’s going on right now in IoT healthcare development don’t paint the full picture, but it is clear that wherever you are in the world, chances are the IoT is already making inroads into making the global population fitter, healthier and more connected.

The IoT Tech Expo Global in London’s Olympia has session dedicated to exploring IoT in healthcare. They are taking place within the IoT Innovations & Technologies conference track which is free to attend, simply register for a free expo pass.

Author:Jon Kennard

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