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How the Internet of Things (IoT) is Revolutionizing Healthcare in a COVID-19 World

10Mar
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A merging between the Internet of Things (IoT) and healthcare technology holds the potential for some remarkable advances in the medical field. This is especially true amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, which has prompted the healthcare industry to seek out technologies that can make medical care safer and more efficient for everyone involved.

How Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Prompted a Surge in IoT and Healthcare Technology?

The pandemic has been a truly revolutionary time for the healthcare field, as medical providers look to technology to change the healthcare landscape in a few different ways, including the following.

• Improved efficiency is essential due to the increased demand for medical care amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. IoT technology allows medical professionals to capture useful data points, whether it’s for patient care or improving operational efficiency. Productivity has been underscored due to the intense demands on the healthcare industry, which have also made physicians, nurses and other professionals more apt to overlook an important detail due to the chaotic work environment, combined with the stresses and fatigue of working double shifts day after day for months on end.

• Changes in medical treatment strategy have emerged readily over the course of 2020 and into 2021. Patients who may have been kept as an inpatient for monitoring pre-pandemic may now be sent home with IoT monitoring technology. This approach serves a dual purpose of freeing up hospital beds for the most critical patients, while also allowing at-risk patients to avoid possible COVID exposure in a hospital environment.

• Hands-off patient monitoring and care has been essential as front-line medical staff seek to monitor patients remotely. This frees up hospital space for critically-ill individuals, while also minimizing the type of close contact that increases the chances for COVID transmission.

• Telehealth medical care gained tremendous popularity as COVID case numbers increased. The appeal of remote care is apparent, since it allows medical providers and patients to interact in a safe, socially-distanced manner. But this places the physician at a disadvantage since they are unable to physically examine the patient. This is where IoT and healthcare technology can be merged to provide medical professionals with important data that might otherwise only be available in a healthcare facility.

Additionally, IoT and healthcare technology is now being used for more efficient tracking of medical professionals and their patients. In a chaotic, fast-paced environment where you’re dealing with the stresses of added COVID-19 precautions and an increased caseload, this automated hands-free monitoring can help ensure that nothing is overlooked, while efficiency is optimized whenever and wherever possible.

Modernizing Medical Treatment with IoT and Healthcare Technological Advances

The IoT and healthcare partnership is leveraging all forms of technology, from tracking and inventory control-type systems for medication tracking in a hospital setting, to “wearables” for patient monitoring and beyond.

At 7T, our development team enjoys working on emerging technologies, particularly in the medical field where we have developed innovative solutions for healthcare companies such as MPower, which sought an OR data platform. 7T’s developers have also created a doctor-finder and appointment booking mobile app platform for MediBookr.

7T’s development team strives to solve problems and boost ROI through digital transformation. An innovative Dallas software and mobile app development company, 7T integrates cutting-edge solutions into virtually every development project, from  mobile app development, to custom software projects such as CRM platforms or ERP development, we’re ready to deliver collaborative, multi-phased software development services to clients in all business sectors.

SevenTablets has offices in Dallas, Houston, Chicago, and Austin, but our clientele spans far beyond Texas and the midwest. If you’re ready to harness the power of an innovative mobile app, custom software platform and today’s most innovative technologies, contact 7T.

If you’re ready to merge IoT and healthcare technology into a custom mobile app or software platform, we invite you to call our Dallas area offices at 214-299-5100.

Steve Parta

Steve Parta is a Director of Business Development at 7T. He has over ten years of experience in sales and management. His specialty is working with 7T's data lake creation and data governance platform, Sertics, as well as its core business of Digital Transformation through custom software development.

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