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IoT in Healthcare: Improving patient outcomes and peace of mind

Control center for connected healtcare using IoT and Telematics
Cisco Jasper helps improve connected healthcare using IoT and Telematics
June 14, 2018

by

David Leder

The digital age of connected everything is bringing a wave of innovations to improve our health and quality of life. With the Internet of Things (IoT), healthcare is rapidly transforming, enabling patients and providers to connect like never before – extending the reach and effectiveness of care.

From health-monitoring smartwatches to sophisticated telemedicine systems, IoT is emerging as a more expedient and cost-effective strategy to retool our ailing healthcare system. Connected healthcare solutions make it possible for medical professionals, emergency responders, and even family caregivers to provide real-time healthcare assistance, wherever the patient may be.

Optimizing healthcare using IoT

With IoT-enabled telemonitoring, people with chronic diseases, recovering from surgery, or other health issues can retain the comfort and independence of living at home, while staying engaged with their care provider. More importantly, telemedicine solutions help drive better patient outcomes, ensuring medical providers have a complete overview of vital customer health data at all times, so they can act quickly to adjust treatment plans or medications as needed.

IoT is influencing healthcare on many levels. Here are a few examples:

  • Improving in-home care with health telematics – IoT innovators, Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies, have gone global with their telemedicine solution that allows healthcare professionals to remotely care for patients with Parkinson’s disease. In-home monitoring helps ensure quality care is accessible for people who find it hard to travel to a doctor’s office or don’t have a specialist nearby. Remote sensors monitor real-time patient conditions, sending data into diagnostic and therapy systems, which providers can access via web-based applications, as well as engaging patients directly through live video.
  • Enabling instant access to care for active seniors – Combining healthcare technology with a Samsung smartwatch, Jupl enables aging and other vulnerable individuals to remain active and independent, while knowing help is on hand if they need it. The connected healthcare wearable continuously monitors the wearer’s health, and transmits data wirelessly to a tablet-based system that records and analyzes physiological parameters. Acting as a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS), the Jupl smartwatch alerts paramedics, care professionals and family members if the wearer has a health concern, such as a sudden drop in blood pressure.
  • Streamlining office visits and prescriptions – Wearable IoT devices and smartphone apps can help eliminate long wait times, increasing efficiency and improving the patient experience. Transmitting customer health data directly to care professionals helps simplify recordkeeping by populating data directly into electronic health records (EHR), and providers are better prepared for a helpful and efficient visit. To keep patients on track with important medications, IoT connected medicine cabinets can even automate prescription renewals.

Ensuring the highest reliability with automated connectivity management

Naturally, a critical concern for IoT in healthcare is ensuring a secure, always-on connection for health wearables and telemedicine systems. That’s where Cisco Jasper comes in. Companies like Jupl and Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies rely on the Control Center automated connectivity management platform for cost-efficient, 24/7 monitoring of all their connected healthcare devices. With real-time visibility and remote diagnostics, businesses can quickly find and fix issues before their customers are impacted. Automation accelerates device deployment and helps eliminate costly data overages.

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