IoT & Big Data: digital innovation reaches Medicine

 In Big Data, Internet of Things

Is there a connection between trends like Internet of Things or Big Data and Healthcare? Honestly, we can’t say medical science doesn’t use collect data! Every single patient generates a great amount of useful information for diagnosis and health condition’s monitoring. How this data is collected and interpreted? Here are some of the applications of new these technologies in medical field.

Real Time monitoring of health conditions

A healthy lifestyle is a great starting point for a good health condition and, sounds incredible, smartphones help us a lot. Many applications can check our physical activity and we can compile ourselves fields regarding diet and other parameters. This data can be easily shared with our doctor! And we can receive advice on how to modify our habits and activities in order to improve our health condition.

The next step in checking people’s health status comes from wearable devices. These tools can collect data like heart rate, weight and blood pressure. The information collected, sent on Cloud-based servers, can be analyzed in real time to verify patient’s conditions and to quickly intervene in case of need.

Predictive analysis

Like what happens in a mechanized plant, Big Data systems analyze clinical information in order to provide previsions. If data are collected in Cloud-based libraries, machine learning algorhitms can access and study them. Similar clinical cases allow these programs to evaluate patients’ status and predict their clinical progressions. At the same time, they can suggest strategies and treatments that are suited for every single case’s specific symptoms and conditions.

Flatiron Health developed a service called Oncology Cloud. The idea is to collect data regarding patients affected by cancer and make it completely available for clinicians. This way it is more easy to analyze information and compare cases to speed up researches and take better clinical choices.

More efficient studies and Inventory management

New digital technologies have an enormous potential regarding research. Scientists take the most of their time to interprete collected data: speeding up this process means reaching results quickly. Big Data Analytics manage, process and compare great amount of information in a short period of time! Increased precision and faster results are just two of the advantages of using them in diagnosis field. The consequence should be a decrease of exams and research costs.

Like in some companies, sometimes a hospital’s Inventory isn’t well managed. Unverified expiration dates, too many o too little orders and lack of attention increase structure’s management costs. Big Data systems can evaluate and predict medicines usage in order to organize a Just In Time provisioning. In consequence, costs decrease and so do problems linked to a bad Inventory management!

 

Technologies like Internet of Things and Big Data are changing our way of living and working. They can improve and speed up our activities, our production processes, our distribution chain. Do you want to know how to bring digital innovation to your company? Contact us and we will be happy to show you the benefits for your business!

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