“It’s fair to say a revolution is underway in healthcare. Providers, pharmaceutical companies and medical device makers have been early adopters of connected technologies.” Pankaj Sharma, Senior Vice President, Schneider Electric.

While most industries grapple with how to leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, healthcare as a whole already has embarked on digital transformation to achieve operational efficiencies and improve the delivery of care. Globally, 63% of healthcare executives are already investing in AI technologies and 74% are planning to do so as well. Between 2014 and 2021 a 40% increase in the market of AI in healthcare is expected, growing from $633.8 million to $6.66 billion.

Healthcare is leveraging connected technologies in various areas:

  • Virtual reality: In the future, you might watch operations as if you wielded the scalpel or you could travel to Iceland or home, while you are lying on a hospital bed.
  • Medical tricorder: When it comes to gadgets and instant solutions, there is the great dream of every healthcare professional: to have one almighty and omnipotent device, with which you can diagnose and analyze every disease.
  • Robotics: With the help of surgical robots, pharmabotics, disinfectant robots or exoskeletons devices paralyzed people can walk, rehabilitation of stroke or spinal cord injury patients. They can enhance strength so that it allows a nurse to lift an elderly patient.
  • Facility utilization: Sensors and data analytics that help make the most efficient use of clinical facilities such as operating theaters
  • Patient record keeping: Electronic Medical Records (EMR) that have digitized paper files with digital documents
  • Telemedicine: Video, voice and data systems that allow patients to consult remotely with doctors
  • Operating rooms: Next-generation robotics and video equipment that assist doctors in performing surgery
  • Patient monitoring: Connected medical devices such as insulin pumps, smart lenses, and pacemakers that relay data to doctors about patient conditions
  • Healthcare trackers or wearables devices: Wearable devices and connected apps that track various health metrics, such as heart rate, count steps and hydration, which can be used to help a healthcare provider look at these vital signs over time
  • Asset tracking: RFID technology enabling real-time location of both medical personnel and equipment

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