How the Internet of Things (IoT) is Shaping Medical Devices

The Internet of Things

The internet of things (IoT) is a growing number of physical devices, that traditionally are not computing devices, but connect to the internet to send and receive data. IoT encompasses a number of electronic devices such as smart TVs, wearables, and smart appliances. Medical devices are among these interrelated instruments. Currently, we have been observing this revolution in the delivery of healthcare remotely, especially through the current pandemic. With the growing practice of remote medical care, IoT has been giving medical devices greater range and efficiency. IoT for medical devices essentially allows for more connection, leading to greater access to data, which in turn results in patients receiving better healthcare.   

Medical device companies need to develop systems that ensure high reliability. While developing products, companies are turning to engineering simulations. These simulations are meant to model real scenarios that involve connected devices working with a set of parameters and providing reliable solutions. These models also test to ensure data privacy. IoT has developed into the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), which is the connectivity of medical devices and applications to healthcare IT systems. According to Business Insider,“the global internet of medical things (IoMT) market is expected to swell to a$158 billion valuation in 2022, up from $41 billion in 2017.” The interconnectedness of medical devices can only make a real impact by securing patient data, while it works at capturing and interpreting reliable parameters.

Embedded Medical Devices with IoT

One of the main objectives of IoT-enabled medical devices is to provide remote patient care. Through this technology, healthcare services can provide reliable testing and diagnosis to patients. Looking for solutions that provide greater when administering care, healthcare facilities have been investing in IoT-enabled medical devices. These embedded solutions have become products with rich operating system interfaces and run on a high-speed processor. This system design allows for a reduction in time when it comes to diagnosis and treatment of patients. All data collected on these devices are then stored on the cloud and used for analytical purposes.

What is truly valuable is understanding how embedded IoT medical devices work. As previously noted, IoT is the connection of physical devices to the internet. IoT medical devices are centered around connecting to different hardware. So, a device system can have a touch screen interface where users enter information, and the device can then process and analyze that information based on stored data from other connections. Using a medical device tool in this manner has been extremely useful for disease examination purposes. Other data information stored on the cloud include prescriptions based on diagnosis from previously loaded files. Overall, with an embedded medical device with IoT, the user is given access to a plethora of information. The network spans out to different sensors, cloud-based database management systems, prescriptions for general medicine, and doctor consultation.

Devices to Look For

Medical device manufacturers have been showing great interest in this connection of devices as a way to make their products more attainable. The software can reach several devices and has the capability of strengthening and enhancing medical products. Here is a list of medical devices that have become part of the IoT:

  • Remote temperature monitoring for vaccines
  • Medical data transferring tools
  • Air quality sensors
  • Drug effectiveness tracking
  • Vital sign data capturing
  • Sleep monitor
  • Medication refill reminder technology
  • Remote care biometrics scanner
  • Sleep and safety tools for infants

Different devices carry different purposes, but they all have the capability of retrieving data. For this data, medical device companies are offering a cloud-based platform generating clinical data through devices. Through the platform, data can be wirelessly transferred, stored, and displayed. According to Wired, as the world of IoT grows, “it is expected that many of these medical devices will soon become a part of MedicalInternet of Things and the data generated from these devices will be a great source of current and future data analysis.”

 

Conclusion

As we become more and more connected to the internet, a greater number of medical devices will make the transition and become part of the IoT. It gives healthcare greater range and is expanding the capabilities of medical devices. To ensure that you are developing a system with high reliability and well-equipped security measures, check out Promenade Software. Promenade specializes in software services and can provide solutions for the development of medical devices and connected embedded systems.  

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Chinyere Chambers

Chinyere Chambers holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where she was awarded the Presidential Scholarship for Academic Achievement and spent four years on the Dean’s list. Her first research project studying polymerase chain reaction (PCR) introduced her to biotech and confirmed her commitment to the advancement of medical technology. As the Marketing Associate for Promenade Software, Inc., she brings her creative professionalism in both science and business capacities to client experiences.

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