Wednesday, 27 September 2017

New wave in rural India transforming lives with Healthcare iOT

‘Health is wealth’, Mobile application development companies soon realized the depth of this wise saying which resulted in the many healthcare applications crowding the app stores lately. I am not here to discuss their effectiveness in this article. Rather, I am here to draw your attention towards the latest technology gradually making an entrance into Rural India. Government is taking efforts to breathe a new wave into revolutionizing lives in Rural India by incorporating iOT in healthcare and other sectors.
So, what is iOT??
If you Google on internet of things, the first link comes up is a definition given by Wikipedia that states iOT is the inter-networking of physical devices such as buildings and or electrical gadgets embedded with sensors establishing network connections to permit free exchange of data amongst them.
Now, the question is how can healthcare internet of things benefit this sector in general and Rural India in particular??
In response to the above question, we can say that mobile technology has already painted the route to healthcare support through the mobile healthcare applications and wearables such as smart watches that keeps a tab on user's’ blood glucose levels, track their body fitness, calories check and many more…
Initiations with wireless sensor-based systems has already made progress by gathering patient medical data for analysis and delivering care to especially those patients for whom care was not initially accessible.
If we take into consideration the current situation of Rural India, we do get some alarming stats:
  • 70% of the rural populations have no access to healthcare specialists
  • Only 13% of the total population can reach out to the healthcare and barely 9.6% to the hospitals.
Experts believe that internet of things coupled with artificial intelligence if aptly incorporated into the healthcare sector can benefit not only the urban patients but can aid rural India to a great extent since they are the extreme sufferers due to lack of investment made to progress the rural life. Already it has started bearing fruits in areas where healthcare iOT has been successfully incorporated.
Let us have a brief insight into the functionalities underlying internet of things applications’ for rural healthcare

  • Remote Patient Monitoring- Examples such as wirelessly monitored pacemakers and automatic defibrillators make use of internet of things to remotely surveillance patient's’ vital functions using internally and externally located patient devices allowing information to flow in real time between individuals and caregivers that gathers relevancy for chronic disease management such as hypertension, diabetes, coronary heart disease, asthma etc.

  • Early Prevention- The Sonamba daily monitoring solution though primarily aimed at the senior population is an example that monitor daily activities using strategically placed sensors to report anomalies to healthcare providers or family members via cell phone. Freescale technology embedded in the Numera Libris mobile personal health gateway is specifically designed to detect health failures thus providing the ability to manage one’s health at home or away.

  • Mobile System Access- Based on the mobile technology enabling virtual access to current clinical systems. Internet of things caters to all kind of medical emergencies automating the process with easy to use mobile app interface in the guise of m-Health or mobile health apps.

  • Tracking Medical Devices- An application to track key care compliance and disease management data from the sensors such as patients’ activities aiding further analysis by doctor to offer fitness solutions. Few examples are digital glucometers, blood pressure devices, pedometers, wearables – fitbits, google glass, etc.

  • Virtual Consultation- Mobile healthcare application developers have come as a blessing for patients cutting off long waiting times for attaining physicians’ appointments through virtual consultation based on remote connectivity and multimedia solutions enabling virtual care consultation, education, medicine delivery and therapy procedures etc. Examples such as Tele-consultations, mobile video solutions permits remote diagnostic screening within minutes and even seconds which can solve rural issues who have minimal access to healthcare facilities to meet emergencies considering the healthcare iOT enabled wearables and smartphones supporting mHealth applications comes at a reasonable rate. We are likely to witness telesurgery for routine procedures using robots and nurse assistants in the near future.

  • Aid Aged Populations- Independent living aged populations need constant medical checkup to fight the multiple health disorders that comes as an untoward gift pertaining to the old age. Such devices are in the shape of wearables with iOT enabled connection to mobile devices sharing real-time data on their vitals thereby allowing hospitals and or health care units to immediate offer of medical assistance. Also, in encountering higher abnormalities, the nearby hospitals are alerted resulting in hospitalization costs through early intervention and treatment.
Wrapping Up
Apart from the above mentioned benefits, healthcare iOT covers other possibilities such as:
  • Smart Band-aid using sensors to collect patients’ data in fighting deadly outbreak of diseases.
  • Aiding rural patients by tracking vitals for pregnant women having no access to specialized gynaecologists and
  • Early detection of possible signs to prevent disease outbreak in kids and many more.
Urban citizens have myriad options that meet their emergencies unlike their rural counterparts and such applications will come as a blessing for them.
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