Internet of Things (IoT)
The hospital of the future is not a physical location with waiting rooms, beds and labs. It will instead be a network with nodes and connections. Technology, in other words, will be the starting place of our new spaces and will allow us to approach health and care in new ways. A good example is Mercy Virtual Care Center, the $54 million, 125,000-square-foot facility which has no patients on-site. It has over 300 medical professionals who sit in front of what looks like a trading desk or flight control station. They are taking care of patients at home and in beds in 38 hospitals in seven states.
Many of the latest connected technologies driving this transformation, including our remote monitoring capabilities that power telehealth organizations like Mercy, will be showcased this week at HIMSS, the largest Health IT conference in the world. We will discuss how we can connect consumers with connected medical technology and link them to their professional caregivers 24/7. But I am most excited to discuss with other leaders how the Hospital of the Future is shaping up.
By Jeroen Tas, Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer at Philips | Linkedin
The heat is on medical device vendors, healthcare providers, and security firms to tackle the emerging problem of cyberattacks focused on the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT).
Hardly a week goes by when we don’t hear of the latest company to fall victim to hackers, but the ability to compromise medical devices may go far beyond the consequences of standard malware infections and the theft of personally identifiable information (PII).
Attacks against medical devices can occur due to social engineering and network infiltration, as well as vulnerabilities in hardware and software. The most common threats today include ransomware, man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attacks, phishing and, on occasion, physically compromising devices.
Strong networks can create a barrier between attackers and healthcare systems, but medical devices can suffer from the same vulnerabilities, exploits, outdated firmware and security flaws that plague traditional computer systems.
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Researchers at IBM have developed a hub for wearables that can gather information from multiple wearable devices and share it with a doctor, potentially cutting down on the time patients need to spend in a hospital.
The gadget, which IBM has dubbed a ‘cognitive hypervisor,’ funnels data from devices such as smart watches and fitness bands into the IBM Cloud. There, it’s analyzed and the results are shared with the user and their doctor.
The idea is that patients can be monitored reliably through the device so they can be sent home to recover from illnesses a day or two earlier than they might otherwise have been allowed. It also means that should a problem develop, a doctor can be alerted immediately and an ambulance dispatched if it’s serious enough.
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The future of healthcare is happening right now. While that future is just barely forming, we are beginning to see how technology is now scratching the surface of an entirely different landscape when it comes to healthcare delivery both within and outside of the U.S.
According to PwC Health Research Institute’s annual report, 2017 is the year to prepare for the arrival of several technologies poised to disrupt the industry. This myriad of tech-driven innovation will impact just about everything from supply chain and operations to business models and essential healthcare management practices and procedures. Here’s a look at report’s eight proposed technologies poised with the potential to change it all:
By Erica Garvin | HIT Consultant
Tech experts opine that connected devices have started touching every aspect of our lives, and the impact IoT has made on the medical industry has been indeed monumental. It is true that cars which can detect wear and tear, and schedule maintenance on their own are becoming popular, but the changes made to the health care industry is definitely much more exciting.
With connected medical devices, there has been an answer to the three main problems plaguing the people seeking medical care — affordability, quality and most important of all, health care access. The sad part is that millions of people do not receive timely or quality medical care, probably due to the disparity of income, geographical alienation and high cost of medical care.
With the proliferation of a number of connected medical devices, it is now possible for the health care industry to overcome these challenges and deliver better care to a larger number of people.
Businesses that are serious about reducing health care costs — and improving the health and well-being of their employees — should take a serious look at digital therapeutics, which have the potential to provide effective, low-cost ways to prevent and treat chronic diseases and their consequences. Digital therapeutics are technology-based solutions that have a clinical impact on disease comparable to that of a drug. They primarily use consumer-grade technology such as mobile devices, wearable sensors, big data analytics, and behavioral science and can be delivered through web browsers, apps, or in conjunction with medical devices. They can also be deployed in real time and at scale, which is critical for intervention in chronic diseases.
These broad applications now include artificial-intelligence-driven smartphone apps that monitor patient activity and social interaction to detect and intervene in episodes of clinical depression, pills with ingestible embedded sensors that can tell patients and doctors whether a medication has been taken properly, and asthma inhalers that connect with networks of air-quality sensors to provide personalized feedback on the connections between patient behavior and environmental factors. (Full disclosure: One of us, Joseph Kvedar, is an advisor to several companies involved in the digital therapeutics space, including Claritas Mindsciences, Mavericks Capital, PureTech, and MD Revolution.)
Imagine a surgeon is perched in front of a telecommunications console in New York City while his patient lies on an operating table 3,870 miles away at a hospital in Strasbourg, France. From the console, the physician remotely guides the movement of a three-armed surgical robot named Zeus to remove the 68-year-old patient’s diseased gallbladder. The operation takes less than an hour, and the patient recovers as expected, returning home two days later.
Sounds like something out of science fiction, doesn’t it? It’s not.
The transatlantic procedure actually happened in 2001. Known as Operation Lindbergh, named after American aviator Charles Lindbergh, the breakthrough event marked the world’s first complete, successful telesurgery procedure. It set a strong foundation for the role this technology could play in disrupting the boundaries of traditional healthcare and ushering the industry into the future.
So what does this medical revolution look like? With all the progress made in health innovation these days – advances in surgical robotics, virtual reality (VR) therapies and Internet of Things (IoT) diagnostic tools, just to name a few – it’s easy to picture the hospital of 2050 as a place where exam rooms look like a scene from The Jetsons, artificial intelligence takes the place of practitioners and every instrument connects to the cloud.
By Vickie An | The Guardian