Healthcare might seem to be an unlikely target application for the Internet of Things technology, but recent developments show small ways that big-data is going to make an impact on patient care moving into the future.
One example is the Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in Aventura, Fla., which has started tracking patients using a small, plastic wristband the size of a digital watch. The bands contain a radio ID (RFID) and real-time-location (RTLS) tags that feed information to a General Electric software system called AgileTrac which pools patient and equipment data, and connects patients to doctors and machines using a hospital-sized Industrial Internet.
Aventura calculated that AgileTrac cut more than 3,000 hours in discharge time at the 400-bed hospital over nine months and dramatically improved handling of patients in Aventura's emergency room. "We are doing much better now than a year ago," said Karen Bibbo, chief nursing officer at Aventura's parent, HCA East Florida, in a press release. She said that "not having AgileTrac would be like going from a computer back to the paper system."
There is hope for reducing healthcare costs in the US with the use of technology from IoT. But I seriously doubt whether other players in the ecosystem, particularly the middlemen (& not the physicians) would as open to the prospects of reduced margins.
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