How humanity operates will be different because of the Internet of Things. In fact, according to a research conducted by the UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, the world market for smart technology services is projected to grow over $400 billion in 10 years. Some wearables did not make an impression, especially those that come with fanfare. Two great examples were the “internet fridge” and the Apple Watch. It may take newer versions of these products to catch consumer attention.
Although the future of the Internet of Things in other areas is a little behind on schedule, there is one field where the hyperbole is justified – healthcare. Yes, the IoT will undeniably influence the way we, humans, exist. They can impact our very own experience and survival. For instance, smart sensors are now networked to an internal insulin pump to regulate the body’s sugar level, creating an artificial pancreas. Similar applications are also available to work with other systems in the body, such as the blood and the endocrine system.
For the first time, the Internet of Things works in our body like a co-processor network. They are wirelessly connectable. People do not need to undergo surgery just to implant these devices. They can just swallow them orally. Since these devices do not need batteries, they will operate through movement and heat-exchange. Another interesting feature is remote monitoring. In fact, a lot of work is now going on to detect a heart attack through sensors, attached to wearable devices.
The IoT will also have a huge impact in hospitals. Patients will be monitored with greater reliability and accuracy. Sensors can easily and quickly transmit data about the heart, blood, etc. and correlate it to prevent errors. Health resources will also be optimized through location tracking. Real-time triage will be possible as highest priority cases get seen by the nearest and most relevant doctor.
It is not products like Apple Watch and Google Glass that could change the world. The Internet of Things in the healthcare industry is the true life-changing technology. The IoT devices inside hospitals and inside our bodies are the ones that will define the IoT and, ultimately, us.