Covid-19 has accelerated the adoption of connected medical care and has changed how we interact with our medical providers almost overnight. IoMT has helped make healthcare accessible during this pandemic by allowing patients stay safe at home and allowing providers to more quickly and accurately provide remote diagnoses. As we move forward, the technologies adopted during Covid will continue to play a role in healthcare delivery.
While contactless healthcare experiences may be occurring out of necessity for now, it is planting the seeds for longer-term transformation of healthcare and creating both new delivery models and new business models. As a part of this longer-term transformation, IoMT provides many benefits, including improved patient outcomes, lower healthcare costs, and increased patient engagement.
Allowing access to real-time data and critical patient information provide improved patient outcomes. The data provided by internet enabled medical devices delivers more accurate diagnoses and can reduce errors ensuring better patient care and outcomes. This critical data can be used to improve individual patient care, as well as aggregate care. Combining data in an anonymous, HIPAA compliant way allows providers to more easily identify patterns to improve diagnoses as well as treatment.
IoMT technologies can also lower healthcare costs by facilitating more remote patient care, which lowers the cost to both the provider and the patient. The technology also helps manage chronic diseases more effectively, which is a way of cutting costs before more extensive care is needed.
Another key benefit of IoMT is patient engagement. IoMT devices encourage patients to play a larger role in their own healthcare management. From keeping track of exercise to monitoring critical medical data such as insulin levels, heart rate, sleep patterns, and more, IoMT devices drive patients to take a higher interest in managing their own care. Even devices such as Amazon’s Alexa are playing a pivotal role in driving patient engagement with their HIPAA compliant skills such as documenting health goals and progress towards them, ordering and tracking prescription deliveries, scheduling appointments, tracking blood sugar readings, and providing updates to care teams.