Telehealth and remote patient monitoring (RPM) are already enabling the creation of new healthcare models, with most medical aftercare delivered in patients’ homes, where they are most comfortable. But for this patient-centered transformation to truly take hold, the industry needs to be able to monitor a patient’s health in real-time after they leave the hospital to ensure each patient receives the specific care they need, so they don’t need to return. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a key enabler to this in the future.
I’ll be presenting on this topic Thursday, January 31 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. at the IoT Evolution Health Conference, put on by TMCnet’s IoT Evolution. Here’s a quick preview of my talk, “Post-OP: Remote patient care, Communications, In-home Recovery,” as well as a sampling of some of the other sessions that I’ll definitely want to attend.
IoT and the internet of medical things (IoMT) are empowering providers to keep a continuous, but discreet watch on a person’s vital signs, no matter where they are. Furthermore, technologies like 4G and the much more powerful, soon-to-arrive 5G are letting care providers extend connectivity into the homes of the populations often hardest to access, such as Medicare and Medicaid recipients. WiFi and Internet connectivity are often not always available in these homes, but with networking advances monitoring vital health indicators for these populations is becoming a reality.
What can we accomplish with all the data we collect?
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can rapidly analyze the collected data and spot subtle signs that may indicate a deterioration in health, often earlier than a human could detect it. This capability gives care teams a great advantage, as they can look after more patients, located further away, and with the same level of accuracy but with greater predictive capabilities. Healthcare delivery and patient outcomes are about to take a massive leap forward.
Other notable talks at the conference
There’s no shortage of great presentations at the conference, but a few of the sessions I’m looking forward to attending include:
- "IoT-enabled Patient Experience: Examinations with AR, Sensors, MRI, CT" on Wednesday, Jan. 30. I will be interested to hear how the panelists, Paul Baratta from Axis Communications, Jeannette Glavanek of LifeWorkx, and moderator Doug Wilson of Verizon, plan to improve the patient experience. So often, medical devices are designed with the healthcare system in mind, instead of centering on patient needs. To see giants like Verizon engaging with improving the patient experience shows serious momentum for this shift.
- "IoT/ LPWAN in Action from an End User - Smart Ground Support Equipment 4.0 for MRO in the Aviation Industry" also on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Lufthansa Technik is giving a keynote on IoT applications in aviation, and I think there’s a lot our industry can learn how from airlines and airports operate. I think their ability to orchestrate so many moving pieces with incredible efficiency provides some important lessons for healthcare.
If you’re going to be attending the IoT Evolution Health Conference, please do swing by my presentation "Post-OP: Remote patient care, Communications, In-home Recovery," taking place on Thursday, January 31, at 3 p.m. ET in Grand Ballroom F. Hope to see you in Florida!