The Internet of things in general, and especially in healthcare solutions market, is a hot-button topic in a nowadays high-tech world.
Alongside other fields, such as transportation, construction and manufacturing, healthcare remains one of the most high-potential spheres for the IoT application.
By some experts’ estimation, by 2020 the IoT in healthcare market will be worth $117 billion.
The inclusion of healthcare into the IoT is majorly determined by the introduction of electronic health records, which has made the industry a ripe field for the penetration of information technologies. Other prerequisites include:
- The shift towards precision (customized) medicine;
- The exponentially growing amount of patient-related data that can (and should) be used to improve healthcare provision;
- The need to improve patient experience through the application of modern technologies and devices.
CUSTOM HEALTHCARE SOLUTIONS
The current transition to precision medicine requires health delivery organizations to be mindful of each customer, and make sure logistics, treatment procedures and other processes are tailored to each patient’s individual needs. With no doubt, the above is also applicable to the healthcare solutions that should be able to help improve each customer’s individual experience.
It means ready-made solutions may not always be able to satisfy the requirements of a particular health delivery organization, taking into account a high level of customization of all internal processes and procedures.
In this regard, the necessity to choose an experienced and reliable custom healthcare software vendor cannot be underestimated. The industry is growing rapidly, and the number of startups and companies ready to go toward a newly emerged frontier is proliferating. However, the stakes are high, so all pros and cons should be taken into account.
First and foremost, the vendor must be trustworthy. Healthcare data security is not just mere words. The accessibility of electronic health records and other health-related data from all types of devices, including personal ones, has resulted in their vulnerability to cyber threats. If a patient’s health record falls into the wrong hands, for a health delivery organization it may entail loss of reputation and money or even a court action.
Second, the vendor must be well-versed in the latest healthcare trends and possess substantial experience in developing healthcare solutions in order to be able to adequately respond to the challenges the industry is currently facing.
IoT HEALTHCARE TRENDS
The overall direction of healthcare industry development in terms of the IoT is determined by the following trends:
- Shift towards real-time healthcare system based on real-time and predictive analytics;
- The increasing reliance on mobile devices;
- The growing popularity of patient-oriented CRM systems;
- Interconnection of wearable devices with mobile applications;
- The rapid expansion of patient experience technologies, such as experiential way-finding;
- The urgent necessity to employ modern real-time communication technologies to establish a robust connection between healthcare teams and patients.