The word "smart" is starting to be attached to a wide variety of normal functions in society, such as smart healthcare. This sector has become an emerging leader in AI technology, which is at the core of the smart revolution.
Here are some of the issues and concerns surrounding this rapidly evolving bold new direction in modern culture:
Smart Technology Defined for Healthcare Industry
Electronic sensors have been steadily populating the environment in the past decade to connect with the internet and report data to a central location. The communication between Internet of Things (IoT) devices and company analysts occur at network endpoints, which are simply computer devices such as desktops or smartphones within a network that communicate data across an internet connection.
Essentially, any IoT communication over the internet can be described as part of smart technology. Public utilities are among the pioneers of this new paradigm, along with smart healthcare organizations. By 2020, the healthcare industry expects to reach 15 percent of all smart city interactions.
How IoT is Improving Healthcare
Mobile digital medical devices worn by patients called "wearables" are becoming a crucial part of healthcare because they alert hospitals immediately when something is wrong with the patient or treatment. These devices have the ability to save lives simply by communicating with healthcare professionals in real-time. Data collected from patients is used by doctors for analysis, diagnosis, and solutions.
Some of the many solutions that smart health technologies provide hospitals include remote devices that assist patients with early registration, timers for when to take medicine and wireless ingestible capsules called smart pills. Procedures known as smart surgeries involve assistance from robots that collect data from a patient's body. It's useful for diagnostic planning, as well as providing measurement before, during, and after surgery.
One of the most advanced forms of smart medical devices is the 3D hologram. This imaging helps doctors detect cancer and other diseases within a patient's anatomy without cutting into body parts.
Future Smart Devices in Healthcare
The rate of smart technological advancements has been accelerating the past decade, particularly for the medical industry. Years ago, Google Glass was aimed at medical markets but failed to catch on due to high cost, complexity, unreliable performance and overall lack of understanding by medical professionals. Today's smart devices, however, are more personalized, cost-efficient, and make more sense.
Innovation in smart devices will continue to move at a brisk pace, based on growing demand in the medical industry. Connectivity will improve with better mobile devices, as the challenge will be to send more data in less time. At the same time, developers of wearables and other smart medical devices will need to improve security to protect patient privacy.
Not only will smart connectivity help resolve health issues faster, but it will also strengthen relationships between doctors and patients in the process. It will provide easier access to patient data than the old-fashioned system of a doctor on the top floor waiting for assistants to research medical records on the bottom floor.
The concept of smart healthcare will provide great enhancements to human health in the years to come through health-monitoring devices. Contact us at Midwest Smart City Solutions to learn more about how this exciting new technology is improving hospitals and beyond.