Today, it has become increasingly possible to remotely monitor a patient’s health with the use of network of sensors, actuators and other mobile communication devices, referred to as the Internet of Things for Medical Devices (IoT-MD).

The IoT-MD provides an environment where a patient’s vital parameters get transmitted by medical devices via a gateway onto secure cloud based platforms where it is stored, aggregated and analyzed.

Health and wellness is one of the most promising application areas of IoT technology.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is increasingly being recognized by researchers and analysts as one of the most sophisticated technologies that has the potential to not only affect the health, safety and productivity of billions of people but also has a major economic impact.

Applications of IoT-MD
Connected healthcare programs utilize scarce resources to provide an improved quality of care, leading to better clinical outcomes. The major use cases in this domain include:

  • Care for the pediatric and the aged
  • Chronic disease management
  • Personal health and fitness management
  • Challenges in IoT-MD

The significant challenges in the integration and management of IoT-MD include:

  • Managing device diversity and interoperability
  • Data integration
  • Scale, data volume and performance
  • Flexibility and evolution of applications
  • Data privacy
  • Encrypted, secure communication
  • Back-up cloud-based solutions
  • Need for medical expertise
  • Maximizing Results with a Platform-Based Approach

To meet the challenges of the IoT-MD, we recommend using a service-oriented platform. The platform, following a service-oriented architectural (SOA) approach, should be modular and made available as services that are accessible from external applications by means of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

Benefits of IoT-MD

  • Lowered cost of care
  • Improved patient outcomes
  • Real time disease management
  • Improved quality of life
  • Improved user experience

Nations across the world are struggling to improve patient care and IoT-MD provides a timely and cost-effective response to this critical imperative.
Moreover, recent developments in sensor, internet, cloud, mobility and big data technologies have led to affordable medical devices and connected health programs, vastly increasing the potential of IoT-MD to influence further changes.

Patient real time monitoring and Palliative care:

Given the progressive and terminal nature of dementia, palliative care can be helpful to patients, their physicians, caregivers, and family, by helping all people involved, for those with the disorder, understand what to expect, deal with loss of physical and mental abilities, plan out a patient’s wishes and goals including surrogate decision making, and discuss final wishes for or against CPR and life support.

Because the decline leading to death, can be rapid, and since most people prefer to allow the person with dementia to make their own decisions, palliative care involvement before the late stages of dementia is highly recommended.

Managing Patients – UFI’s Secure Remote Cloud Based Patient Monitoring System ICT Technological Advantage

Given the above, management, secure communication and care become paramount for the families, care givers, health care professionals, as well as the patients.
Of great concern, is knowing the location, constant monitoring of the patient’s physiological and psychological state, and maintaining the dissemination of that information, in real time, actionable terms, to those which can intervene, on the patient’s behalf.

Our view is that these patients, at all times, in and out of any facility or home, require and are entitled to constant secure monitoring.

Unfortunately, and sadly, there have been too many cases whereby a patient afflicted with dementia, just “wandered off” sometimes with dire consequences.