Paul Sonnier, digital health expert at PA Consulting, explains how the Internet of Things is intersecting with healthcare and leading to new innovations.
The article notes that the IoT (Internet of Things) leads to automation, convenience, and efficiency. In healthcare, the IoT is creating opportunities to optimize every aspect of care, transforming the way it is managed across the healthcare continuum. IoT technologies are also helping to shift the entire healthcare paradigm from a reactive to a proactive model.
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Paul says that one of the most exciting ways the IoT is intersecting with healthcare and addressing real needs—like the need to involve willing participants in medical research—is the continued integration of Apple Watch into healthcare. “There are now tens of millions of the watches in use, which can be leveraged in healthcare for a variety of purposes. For example, tracking and recording biometric information related to health, fitness, and medical conditions can be shared with healthcare providers to better inform care, manage chronic diseases, and foster disease prevention. Significantly, the Apple Watch is also being used as an enabler and means of enrolling participants into medical research and clinical trials, paving the way for what are called ‘virtual trials,’ where patient visits do not have to happen in a clinic, hospital, or other site.”
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