The record of monitoring patients including blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature, etc. as well as the visual data produced by the technicians and doctors in the form of CT scans and X-rays create a large amount of data produced by the hospitals in a natural manner in daily routine.
This entire information can be valuable for assessing the health of the patients provided it is analyzed and assessed in real-time. According to NetSuite Solution Providers, this information can be made accessible to doctors by using the latest technologies IoT to the Internet of Things and AI or Artificial Intelligence.
IoT and AI can improve the operations of hospitals in 2020 in different ways like:
Improve the accuracy of diagnosis
Earlier accurate diagnosis of some of the common diseases like lung and breast cancers etc. usually becomes difficult due to lack of proper technology. Later on, doctors started using the images obtained from CT or computed tomography scanners to identify the possibility of tumors correctly.
But this process of diagnosis cannot be said accurate as there can be a possibility of false results. Today, the quality of CT scans can be improved by using AI as it can help in removing visual noise and attaching the images together so that scans can be read more perfectly and easily.
According to various studies, the algorithms of AI are more effective than radiologists while recognizing the symptoms of cancer correctly in a scan.
Monitor patients remotely
The doctors and nurses can get updates of the vitals of the patients even without approaching them physically by using remote monitoring systems with the help of the internet connectivity of the sensors of IoT of their healthcare system. In case of any significant health problem, they can track the health of their patients with the help of these sensors.
These IoT based systems in a hospital can reduce the cost of hiring the staff to track the health of the patients. Traditionally, according to the condition of the patient, nurses have to log and record their vitals manually.
With the use of an automatic system, the vitals of the patients can be monitored and recorded automatically which can allow the nursing staff to focus on other important tasks in the hospital. For this reason, IoT technology is gaining popularity in the healthcare industry for the last few years.
Less need for follow-up visits
The need for follow-up visits of the doctors will reduce the use of IoT technology in the hospitals as it can help them in tracking the health condition of their patients remotely. For instance, if a pregnant lady is also suffering from hypertension then the doctor can track her blood pressure remotely by using this technology.
On the contrary, the doctor has to give a number of follow-up visits to keep an eye on the condition of the patient. Thus by using IoT technology in the hospitals follow-up visits can be reduced to nearly 60%.
Reduce time to wait
The hospitals can become smart after using the technology of IoT as it will reduce the waiting time for the patients.
The workers of the hospital will know when a patient can get a bed in the hospital by using the automatic system of the hospital for tracking beds. It will allow the emergency staff of the hospital to admit a patient waiting for the allotment of a bed to him.
Track the location of medical equipment
Equipment used in hospitals is usually considerably expensive, so one cannot afford to lose it. Still, many costly tools and equipment are usually lost on an annual basis in the hospitals. It can cost thousands of dollars to replace lost equipment.
The risk of misplacing or losing medical equipment can be reduced considerably by the right system to track them. It will not only ensure the availability of the equipment at the time of requirement but also lower the cost of operating a hospital.
Some of the latest equipment has built-in GPS and RFID systems so that they can be located easily not only in the hospital but also at the home of the patient, whether he has been allowed to take home for some time or has been taken by the patient intentionally or unintentionally.
Thus, the use of IoT and AI technologies can improve the operations of hospitals in 2020 and beyond in many ways.