Drones are already hitting the skies to conduct specialized tasks, such as delivering packages, shooting aerial surveillance photos, and even dipping and diving to create spectacular light shows. But the sky is the limit when it comes to all the possibilities for drones. A Swedish startup, FlyPulse, is bringing the benefits of IoT transportation to healthcare, building a high-speed drone that can transport life-saving emergency gear—an automated external defibrillator (AED)—to a person’s doorstep.
Imagine you’ve just been diagnosed with cancer. It’s an incredibly frightening prospect followed by frustration, as you wait to learn more and to find out what treatment options are available to you. The IoT is rapidly transforming how businesses run, consumers shop, cities serve their citizens and much more. But perhaps the most personally impactful use of IoT is in healthcare—specifically in helping vastly improve the treatment process for those facing a cancer diagnosis.
The newest wearable health technologies have the ability to harness and measure health data that can help patients and doctors in the fight against chronic disease, including diabetes and cystic fibrosis. Researchers at Stanford University in collaboration with the University of California Berkeley have built a wristband device that can measure a person’s blood sugar and gather other important health data from just a few drops of sweat.
Wachter is leaning on IoT to give it an advantage in healthcare and oil and gas. As hospitals deal with a changing market, they are turning to technology to maximize profits. Fortune 10 companies in the oil and gas sector are looking to IoT for ways to break free from restricting point solutions. Wachter sees its IoT specialization as a way to separate from the pack.
Real-Time Locating Systems (RTLS) are enabling hospitals to increase the efficiency of care and freeing up valuable time for their patients. In California, Stanford Children’s Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are using the Versus Advantages™ Clinic, powered by RTLS, to make patient visits less stressful for both the child and parents by improving patient flow and expediting treatment.
IoT-enabled devices and solutions applied in the healthcare setting are improving bedside safety, increasing patient satisfaction, reducing overall costs and more. One company going all-in on IoT-enabled monitoring is Wachter. This leading U.S. designer, integrator and service provider of power and technology systems has developed a cutting-edge Virtual Patient Observation System (VPOS) solution.
In the last year, 3D printers have migrated out of the hobbyist and maker space and into industrial applications, being put to use in manufacturing with made-to-order parts production. High-end 3D printers have been used to fabricate everything from orchestra instruments to 3D printed cars. Now, the feverish market is in healthcare, where 3D prosthetics and medical devices are poised to cut costs and improve patient care.
As the average life expectancy continues to climb, elder care is bubbling up as an important global challenge. In 2050, the world will have more than 2 billion people over the age of 60, which is double the number today, according to a recent Bank of America Merrill Lynch Research study reported in CNN.
A shifting landscape is challenging healthcare organizations to rethink their traditional business models. Mobile technology streamlines workflow with software and device solutions to improve clinical efficiency, security, and patient satisfaction for health workers without compromising quality of care.