Healthcare's Journey to IoT 

Karen Buckley, VP Marketing
02/01/2018

The intersection of the Internet of Things (IoT) and healthcare may represent the best example of how technology – when deployed properly – can a make revolutionary impact on the human experience. Remote telemedicine devices vastly improve care to those in remote locations. Self-administered drug delivery options paired with smartphone apps can quickly and accurately transmit patent data to physicians, and give patients real-time information on their conditions. IoT-enabled devices allow physicians to more quickly and efficiently offer patient care.

While there has been increased IoT adoption in the healthcare industry in recent years, many organizations are still struggling with getting from inception to implementation. While the ability to launch IoT applications has become considerably easier, it’s still an often-difficult journey to navigate. The following areas are critical considerations when launching a healthcare IoT application:

  • Multi-Carrier Connectivity – Understanding the best connectivity option depends on the application. Is it a low-power implementation simply collecting data, or a richer application that requires video or live-streaming? Understanding how close your organization may be to transitioning to LTE options also plays an important role. There are a number of current and emerging connectivity options available – it is really all about understanding what is necessary to accomplish the goals of the application and secure ROI.
  • Platform Capabilities – For applications in use over many devices, the ability to manage them all is key. Device management allows you to collect data about their use and how they are functioning, but can also help troubleshoot issues, such as lost devices. This is especially important considering they may contain or transfer HIPAA-sensitive patient information.
  • Devices and Solutions – This is probably the most complex aspect healthcare organizations must address when implementing IoT solutions. There are any number of hardware, software, and security considerations necessary to ensure each component is properly integrated and the implementation can launch effectively and securely.
  • Device Certification – Healthcare IoT devices can often require varying levels of certification based on geography and the type of technology being used. For most, this requires the assistance of a third party organization with expertise in device certification processes.
  • Customer Support – For most healthcare organizations, building an IoT solution from the ground up is not an option, which means the addition of in-house experts who can help troubleshoot problems at a moment’s notice is not possible. Given the important – and sometimes life and death – nature of healthcare IoT applications, it is important to consider partnering with an IoT service providers who can quickly address any issue.

IoT applications are unlocking the ability for patients to put care in their own hands and give healthcare organizations and medical device manufacturers ways to continually improve outcomes. Learn more about how KORE can seamlessly bring your healthcare IoT application to market by addressing connectivity, platforms, devices and solutions, certification and support needs specific to your organization’s business requirements.

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