IoMT has a wide-ranging impact on the healthcare industry. These changes are most noticeable when it is used at home, on the body, in the community, and in the hospital:
In-home People can use IoMT to send medical data from their home to other locations, such as their primary care provider or a hospital. Remote patient monitoring (RPM), for example, is the use of medical devices to transmit metrics like blood pressure or oxygen saturation from recently discharged patients to their hospital for review by their doctors. This can help to reduce hospital readmissions by identifying problems before they become serious.
Telehealth, the use of communication technologies for remote healthcare services—additionally provides flexibility by allowing recently discharged patients to resolve minor issues by remotely connecting with healthcare providers and their physicians
The use of IoMT devices in conjunction with telehealth can also be beneficial for providing ongoing care outside of the patient setting. Personal emergency response systems (PERS), for example, can detect events such as a fall or a heart attack and automatically summon assistance. PERS can provide security to vulnerable people, such as seniors. Who want to live at home but are concerned about their safety.
IoMT in the Community
The use of IoMT devices across a larger town or geographic area is referred to as community IoMT. Mobility services, for example, are devices that track patients while they are in a vehicle. Similarly, paramedics and first responders use emergency response intelligence systems to track patient metrics outside of the hospital setting.
Aside from mobile and emergency care, community IoMT. It also includes technologies that allow for remote services. Point-of-care devices, for example, can stay used by healthcare providers in non-traditional medical settings such as field hospitals. And kiosks can remain used to dispense medicines to people in areas where traditional infrastructure remains limited or non-existent.
IoT devices may also be used in logistics by suppliers to aid in the transport of healthcare goods or medical equipment. Sensors, for example, can keep track of temperature- and pressure-sensitive shipping containers to ensure. That quality remains maintained throughout the shipping process.
Because the IoMT ecosystem has so many stakeholders, it presents some unique legal, regulatory, technical, and privacy challenges.
- Manufacturers of medical devices
- Providers of Internet access
- Manufacturers of original equipment (OEM)
- System/software vendors
- Integrators of systems
- Customers and clients