What is the Internet of Medical Things – IoMT?
The Internet of Medical Things is about to transform the health sector, and if it reaches its maximum potential, it will radically change every aspect of the life of all those (doctors and patients) who wanting or not wanting are inside or around us.
The paper and pen were the primary means of recording patient information for decades. But now health technology is changing in important ways. Citizen services now allow patients to schedule their appointments without the need to call a doctor’s office and wait for a receptionist. Health information technology allows doctors to carry information wherever they go through apps on their smartphones.And this growing connectivity shows no signs of slowing down. In reality, it’s only accelerating. Several research studies indicate a growth rate that reaches over 600 million IoMT devices in 2020, considering that by the end of 2015 they were estimated at under 100 million. This number does not incorporate Wearable items such as trackers or computers for sports and fitness.
In short, greater connection with medical data from medical devices means more accessible data for industry professionals and better health care for patients.
What is EMR or EHR and how does it connect with IoMT?
Probably the biggest technological leap forward in recent decades has been the growth of electronic medical records, EHR and EMR – mutually Electronic Health Records and Electronic Medical Records.The distinction between EMR and EHR is immediate, if we consider the term “doctor” with respect to the term “health – health”. An EMR is a narrower view of a patient’s medical history, while an EHR is a more complete, generalized report of patient health.
In 2009, only 16% of US hospitals used an EHR or EMR, but this figure rose to around 80% in 2013, according to Becker’s Hospital Review. Now it is over 98%. Previously, hospitals had multiple systems that ran different functions, but the EHRs unified them all into one system
How will IoMT revolutionize the healthcare sector?
The Internet of Medical Things is slowly starting to get into health care both on the hospital front, as an outpatient clinic, but also on the patients’ front. In hospitals, different medical machines, such as ultrasounds, thermometers, glucose monitors, electrocardiograms, anesthesia machines, laboratory machines, and more, thanks to OneSource’s IoMT ecosystem, begin to connect and allow doctors, anesthesiologists and nurses to monitor the health of their patients, in addition to information systems of health services, including through their electronic devices.
This is of great immediate value for high and uniform quality of hospital service, staff mobility, as well as for those situations that require follow-up appointments with doctors, who without the historical data would not have full vision of patient’s medical history.
The eminent implementation of Artificial Intelligence, passing first for training and learning (machine learning) from medical data requires an even greater collection and analysis of data necessary for the medical record, often used only as a historical clinical course. This makes the current partial data acquisition system – without video and without the “waveform” – obsolete.
How will IoMT revolutionize patient care at home?
Unfortunately, some patients do not take the medicine in appropriate doses or at the correct times. Smart home drug dispensers could automatically upload information to the cloud and alert doctors when patients do not take their medication. More generally, this type of technology could allow doctors to know any potentially dangerous patient behavior. How?
So we have the portal technology, which allows patients to take a more active role in their health and well-being. Portals allow users to access the health service provider’s websites to access their medical records, download forms and prepare for appointments. Finally, home monitoring systems allow patients and physicians to keep track of an individual’s health when they are not in the doctor’s office and to avoid unnecessary trips and expensive medical examinations.