Following doctor’s orders is easier!
While the collective imagination might think that the IoMT (Internet of Medical Things) serves only to diagnose patients’ problems, the effective use of this very useful tool is mainly aimed at checking that patients follow their doctor’s orders and suggestions. The IoMT should not be seen as a tool to replace medical personnel, but as something which provides the latter with all the data and information necessary to formulate the best diagnoses and therapies that are most appropriate and targeted, as well as reducing the inefficiencies and waste in healthcare. Medical equipment possessed by the various healthcare systems around the world uses the IoMT to facilitate the optimization of work flow, inventory management and medical device integration.
A medical device connected to the web means an objective report that is always updated and reliable with everything that regards a patient; clearly, a human touch is necessary, as the patient must be able to communicate with medical professionals about their doubts, fears, perplexities and any symptoms whose effects are not recognized by the devices used. Meanwhile, the medical equipment “check” on the behaviour of patients, monitoring them through the data furnished that medication and/or therapies have been taken.
From creating personalised devices to actualising guidelines for treating each individual patient, it seems as if the IoMT is paving the way to personalised healthcare for each individual.
While the number of medical devices connected to the Internet rises, technology must adapt to safety measures on the enormous quantity of sensitive data that travels online (Do you remember? We spoke a few weeks ago about “protecting sensitive data” in an article. Retrieve it quickly by clicking here and here).
To really make a difference, the IoMT should make sure that the organisations involved in healthcare find a way to truly transform all the data received into intuitions that push physicians to “act” with regards to their patients. Inventions in this direction are increasing; physicians, together with the respective authorities and all those revolving around the world of hospitals and healthcare must work together to face and promote this cultural metamorphosis with an increasingly positive outlook, which sooner or later regards us all.
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