Five Drivers of the Healthcare Internet of Things

Since healthcare is so complex and thrives on the data collected from various devices, a cloud-driven Internet of Things is intriguing to both clinicians and administrators.

The Internet of Things would essentially be the means to the creation of a robust, fully integrated system built optimally for predictive modeling and big data. It would digitize the patient and provide immediate access to intelligent insight as never before by tapping the power of healthcare-exclusive big data platforms.

1. Opening up to IoT

For this shift to go smoothly for organizations, a very similar mindset is needed as with cloud. After all, the Internet of Things is essentially an application of third-platform computing. In this setting, information created by providers for the EHR will continue to be critical; but it will be trumped by patient-generated health data (PGHD) coming in from devices and sensors in the near future.

“Providers who complain that their EHRs have turned them into glorified typists may start to see themselves instead as pilots guiding patients through the data cloud,” offered HIT thought leader Jennifer Bresnick, “combining human intuition and experience with powerful algorithms that make precision medicine the norm.”

Try these steps to open up to this new technology:

  • Gauge your staff’s frustrations with existing systems.
  • Provide internal training on how central data integrity is to improving quality of care in an increasingly technological environment.
  • Work collaboratively: simply by involving clinicians, you will make them feel more committed: a recent survey points out that less than one in three nurses contribute to the selection of EHR systems.

2. Building an integrated system

Infrastructure in the healthcare world is typically complicated: revolutionary tools are blended with traditional architectures, slowing the rise of big data.

“For the Internet of Things to become a meaningful part of a provider’s health IT strategy,” argued Bresnick, “the EHR must become the hub to a hundred new spokes, each of which may … communicate [data] in a different way,” all those elements maintaining HIPAA compliance

3. Buying with the third platform in mind

When you look into new technology and devices, considered whether the data systems are correctly outfitted for interoperability.

The Internet of Things really is essentially about interoperability, as indicated by the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT, which said that interoperability requires three basic components:

  • Uniform data standardization
  • More confidence in privacy and security mechanisms
  • Continuing incentives for companies committed to interoperability.

4. Changing the way that patients and providers interact

It’s not just about accepting and sharing data, of course, but about making that data actionable. To improve care, you have to involve the Internet of Things in the entire care continuum.

PGHD environments will ultimately succeed because research is showing that they improve patient engagement and create more consistent outcomes.

5. Prioritizing agility.

“Healthcare organizations that hope to catch the IoT wave before it crashes over them must ensure that they are capable of defining and achieving their objectives through a combination of new technologies and old-fashioned knowhow,” explained Bresnick.

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