Medical IoT is Beneficial to Healthcare, But Requires Security Solutions

Johannes Beekman

Medical IoT can help more than just patients. Imagine if you’re in a waiting room and it’s been several hours since a loved one went into surgery. Now unbeknownst to you, the individual had a successful surgery and is in a recuperation room sleeping off the medication. You would have been notified, but the healthcare facility where the operation took place is a busy one and not even an intern has been available to dispatch on such an errand of good news. This is where IoT comes in: through the Internet of Things, the moment a procedure is complete, a notification can be sent to your smartphone which lets you know how it went and how your loved one is doing. Then you know you’re not waiting on their life or death— you’re just waiting on someone to tell you it’s okay for a visit. That means you’re absolutely justified in getting a snack or taking a walk to ease the stress.

This is one example of real-world solutions IoT tech is bringing healthcare facilities. Between infrastructural facilitation, systems organization and management, cost reduction, and previously impossible surgeries, IoT is revolutionizing healthcare. But there are so many IoT devices on a given healthcare campus that vulnerabilities exponentially compound over previous years, leaving businesses in the health industry wide open for cybercriminal exploitation. CEOs of IoT companies need to be aware of both benefits and hazards pertaining to IoT for greatest effectiveness and profitability.

Solutions

Overcoming the cybercriminal element in healthcare requires management of medical IoT systems. Proactive monitoring, encryption, multi-factor authentication, intrusion detection/prevention software, and continuous updates all help safeguard an IoT system. Get proper protections like this applied to your IoT provisions and clients can see benefits of the new technology unblemished by its downsides.

Some truly astonishing implications silhouette IoT, and the medical institution which adopts this system of technology upgrade stands to see:

  • Increased customers
  • Decreased preventable injuries
  • Expanded medical effectiveness

 

Increased Customers

When families can be notified in real time pertaining to an operation’s progress, they feel more connected not just to their kin “under the knife,” but to the medical institution providing surgery. The more time spent understanding procedures and watching what is going on, the less time families will spend worrying and criticizing health professionals. Basically, they are more satisfied. Greater satisfaction leads to repeat service. The more customers an institution can garner who continuously use their services, the better that institution will be for itself and the community— it’s an “upward spiral” of positiveness.

Decreased Preventable Injuries

Many times, certain conditions may or may not need a physical checkup. Also, there are some situations where a simple restriction in diet can stop a life-threatening medical emergency. With IoT, information on clients can be collected remotely, and patterns can be identified. Pattern recognition leads to cohesive parallel service provision. This, in turn, reduces the number of patients who come to a given facility with that which could have been solved remotely. In a pinch, the dispatching of a nurse to a patient’s household can fix the problem. The bottom line here is that any way services can be optimized should be brought to the table for any healthcare institution. IoT provides the data collection solutions to make this feasible, and you can read more about that and other IoT applications here. Your IoT company should be communicating these positives whenever courting new clients.

Expanded Medical Effectiveness

A healthcare facility with dependable IoT characterizing operations will increase clientele through convenient and worry-diminishing services. Such institutions can expedite service delivery through pattern identification and subsequent related actions. These advantages will make a given medical institution more effective. An integrated, fully-secured IoT hospital often saves time and money for itself and patients, increasing outward expansion and medical proficiency. Their retained assets are turned to new equipment and personnel. Subsequently, personnel and equipment provide better services for patients. Demonstrating such operational advantages to clients increases conversion likelihood.

Medical IoT can’t be ignored today— it’s just too effective. So, be careful to communicate as much. Demonstrate cost-reducing, service-expanding possibilities to potential medical clients for greatest profitability.

Johannes Beekman

Johannes Beekman

Our CEO has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing in the high-tech industry. Johannes has worked for 25 years in the semiconductor industry, where he worked for Philips, Infineon, and Sematech in various management positions in process development, engineering, operations, and sales and marketing. While working for Philips, he was an engineering manager in 2 wafer fab startups. And while at Sematech, he managed various international technical symposia. He has built 3 successful digital marketing companies in the past 8 years. His focus is marketing integration, marketing technology, SEO, and inbound and outbound marketing. And he has developed a content creation system that uses the AIDA model to develop content for every stage of the sales funnel. Johannes has experience working with companies in manufacturing, the high-tech industry, process industry, IT, healthcare, and legal industry, and he has published on several trade-focused websites.

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