Viewpoint: 5 ways the internet of things is changing healthcare

Internet of Things devices are revolutionizing healthcare in both the consumer-experience and the clinical setting, wrote technology journalist Megan Ellis in an article for markuseof.com.

Here are five ways Ms. Ellis predicts IoT will shake-up healthcare.

1. Patient tracking. Medical apps and tools that track patients' ongoing health concerns allow patients to receive recommendations and advice throughout the course of their treatment. These devices extend beyond the hospital and into the patient's own home.

2. Health aids. Some connected devices may simply make the lives of patients easier. For example, the Bluetooth-enabled iHealth Smart pairs with a mobile app to help diabetics track glucose levels and other health data.

3. Augmented reality-assisted surgery. AR headsets can help physicians take minimally invasive approaches, view a patient's CT scan during surgery or provide better guidance on a number of procedures.

4. Preventative healthcare and early detection. Consumer devices that provide a plethora of data allow for data solutions that may shine light on health trends or problems. Predictive analytics and algorithms can also be applied toward disease early detection.

5. Robotic assistants. Smart sensors and robotic solutions help those confined to their home or bed stream physician consultations or virtual visits.

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