The Impact of the Internet of Things in the Healthcare Industry

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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.

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Charlie Alsmiller

Throughout his career, Charlie Alsmiller has focused on customer problems in difficult industries such as Energy and Telecommunications. Prior to starting Appterra in 2005, Alsmiller was VP of Global Operations for Allegro Development, a leading provider of software for the energy sector. He has also served as president of OmniSpace Technologies, a leading SaaS provider that he founded in 1999. He spent over 10 years in the consulting world with Price Waterhouse and Deloitte Consulting, where he participated in a wide variety of projects for very high profile clients. Mr. Alsmiller holds a BBA from Baylor University in Management and Information Systems and a MBA from the University of Dallas in International Business. Specialties: Technology ventures, Enterprise Software, Contract Negotiation, International Operations, Private Equity, Product Management, Strategic Alliances, Software Implementation, Software Development

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