Internet of Things for medical devices

There is an increasing number of companies, specialised in medical technology devices, that choose to invest in network connection.

Written Monday, by Emanuele Mortarotti

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The term Internet of Things – or IoT - is not new to our blog readers. Remember? A few months ago we talked about it in the article: The power of internet and the connection to it, combined with medical devices, is changing patients' lifestyle.

In fact, the number of companies specialising in high-tech medical devices is constantly growing and they tend to invest in network connectivity.

Most medical equipment nowadays has some form of connectivity - from wearable devices to X-RAY-enabled machinery with WI-FI or Bluetooth attachments. IoT-friendly devices are extremely useful for constant monitoring (and comparison) of individual patient data, as well as remote control - which can be done from any device and any time you wish.

Today, thanks to an article published on medicaldevice-network.com, we want to bring you the example of a project with the most successful IoT  We are talking about the Kinect HoloLens Assisted Rehabilitation Experience (KHARE)platform, created by Microsoft Enterprise Services in collaboration with National Institute for Insurance Against Accidents at Work  (a correspondent of Italian INAIL) for the treatment of mirror neurons.

The KHARE platform enables real-time data visualization that allows healthcare professionals to create personalized therapy programs for patients wherever they are. KHARE also connects to  Microsoft Azure IoT Suite: through this action, doctors are able to view a list of data from a 30-minute therapy session. This platform is currently the subject of clinical studies which - it is estimated - will end in January 2020.

Not only are devices equipped with IoT of the utmost importance on their own, but the aspect of data analysis is not to be underestimated and is a secondary benefit they offer. This is why data analysis platforms such as Kaa (KaaIoT Technologies), MindSphere (Siemens) and Azure (by Microsoft) allow data to be transferred from medical devices to many other digital support devices.

IoT has come a long way in the last few years! It is integrating perfectly in a wide range of sectors - the medical sector stands out among those who invest in it, recognising its endless potential. As theInternet of Things continues to be implemented with health monitoring devices, productivity and data analysiswill increase considerably. We are confident that progress in this direction will benefit patients above all.

What do you think about the power of the Internet and the network linked to medical devices? In favour or against it? Which medical device would you like to see connected to the network?

We are looking forward to your comments: contact the team Dispotech!

Emanuele Mortarotti
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