IoT connected health solutions enable mission-critical communications that support patient health, safety, and create the ability to decentralize patient care and clinical trials. Creating these solutions demands forethought well beyond implementation, as this IoT ecosystem is complex and requires diligent lifecycle management. Three challenges stand out in a successful connected health solution deployment, all of which can be mitigated through strategy.
Because of the mission-critical nature of data communications in IoT-connected health solutions, it’s important to approach connectivity strategically. Defining the use case is critical, and where sensor-enabled devices will be leveraged. Whether it’s in a hospital setting that will share bandwidth or if devices will be sent across the country and be required to work out of the box, no matter the network, it’s important to consider all angles of connectivity.
Connectivity management is an important consideration, as well. If devices are connected to more than one network and potentially more than one network technology (Wi-Fi, cellular, BLE) management can become time-consuming, yet it is one of the keys to smooth data communications.
The ability to transmit data from a patient or clinical trial participant to the healthcare application is complex. The gateway and middleware that bridge these communications are oftentimes something that needs to be custom-built through DevOps, which is time-consuming, expensive, and something many connected health solution companies don’t have in-house.
Building the infrastructure and middleware to support data communications needs to be scalable, as well, and not just meet the initial demands of the solutions.
The sensitive nature of medical data means that data in transit, at rest, and in storage needs to be compliant and have an added measure of security. Mobile device management, over the air security and software management, as well as compliant lifecycle management, should be built into a strategy when creating an IoT connected health solution.
The KORE Connected Health Telemetry Solution (CHTS) enables customers to quickly incorporate data telemetry into their overall offering without having to dedicate resources, time, and costs of managing it in-house. CHTS provides integrated device management, secure BLE pairing of medical sensors with a cellular gateway, and secure data routing to a compliant temporary data repository that easily integrates connected health data in customer applications.
Companies can now get help with hardware selection and validation, access to a robust suite of supported medical devices and sensors, BLE pairing and Mobile Device Management, and network security that addresses cybersecurity issues and data telemetry, all under an umbrella of full regulatory compliance via KORE.
Check out our webinar, "Overcoming the Challenges of Implementing Connected Health Telemetry Initiatives", to learn how to accelerate your connected health deployments.
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