While most of us are becoming increasingly familiar with IoT solutions, very few people realize that there is something called the Internet of Medical Things. What is it and how can IoMT revolutionize our everyday healthcare processes? Keep reading!
What is the Internet of Medical Things?
The term Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is used to refer to all medical objects and devices that are connected to the internet and offer multiple functionalities thanks to this wireless connection.
Apart from making it possible to access necessary services from virtually any place in the world, IoMT makes it easier to improve the efficiency of medical teams, lower their expenditures and generally improve the patient experience.
Thanks to smart solutions like asset tags, portals, sensors, badges or gateways, healthcare organizations are able to boost their efficiency by monitoring hospital rooms and patients, analyzing and transmitting important information or minimizing unnecessary expenditures.
How does IoMT impact healthcare institutions and patients?
IoMT devices significantly streamline the operation of healthcare institutions, thanks to:
- Improving the level of provided care – before the patient actually reaches a selected facility, wireless connections and asset tags inform EMT drivers which hospital or institution has free beds or resources necessary to provide this patient with needed care. Thanks to this, it’s possible to save more lives and quickly provide people with the help they require.
- Reducing waiting times – patients in the waiting room can be equipped with special bracelets that will measure the time from being admitted to the hospital to being transferred to a specific room or ward. Thanks to this, the hospital management team can obtain useful data, analyze weak points and devise solutions that can streamline the operation of the institution and reduce the waiting time.
- Monitoring available beds – IoMT devices make it possible to monitor rooms and patients in real-time. This way, healthcare professionals know how many beds are occupied without having to count manually. Consequently, they can quickly decide whether they have a place for new patients, which minimizes the waiting time and helps to avoid situations when someone is admitted to the hospital and later it turns out that there is actually no room for that person.
- Quickly locating patients – thanks to the fact that every patient is equipped with a special bracelet, the staff can easily monitor the location of each and every person. Apart from protecting patients (e.g. elderly persons wandering in restricted places), this solution helps to prevent many potential problems.
IoMT devices – the takeaway
IoMT devices significantly streamline the operation of healthcare institutions by providing patients with the needed level of care, ensuring their safety and minimizing unnecessary expenditures. If you want to take your hospital management to the next level, it’s certainly worth taking advantage of available technology.