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Health and IoT: moving towards a new patient-practitioner relationship
June 07

Health and IoT: moving towards a new patient-practitioner relationship

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Health connected objects as tools for medical personnel and products designed to improve the quality of patient care management all abound on the market. The intention of these objects is the delivery of truly personalized patient care and improved disease management while reducing the burden of health expenditure. A good example is the prescription of drugs directly connected to results from the peak flow meters of portable blood pressure machines. These smart objects are capable of delivering a new method of patient-practitioner collaboration and a more profitable use of expensive consultation time.

Connected objects - self-regulated health care

Connected objects calibrated to medical norms can be excellent tools for direct observation and diagnosis, allowing the patient to constantly monitor his or her own health. Indeed, when these devices connect patients to the Internet they can measure their own heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure or blood sugar levels before transmitting this real-time data directly to their doctors. The use of these devices allows patients to take real responsibility for their own health by regularly monitoring their conditions and adopting a pro-active stance, thus becoming true participants in the approach to the prevention or cure of their symptoms and diseases.

Better management - less time in hospital

Connected objects provide a real bridge between the doctor and the patient, enabling medical practitioners to have immediate access to the "constant monitoring" of an individual patient's signs and to interact remotely with them while at the same time enriching the data available. This allows for quick and successful diagnosis and timely intervention both of which reduce the need for repeated hospitalization.

The future of medicine - the Internet of Things

In effect, these smart devices are capable of delivering almost unlimited opportunities that appeal to both patients and medical practitioners. At the moment, however, the laws governing the security of health data, the certification of labeling procedures and ethical reviews and regulations of new health applications are all creating barriers to the exponential growth of the market for these connected objects with medical significance. It cannot be denied, though, that these Internet-connected devices are certainly set to revolutionize the healthcare of the future.

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