Mobility and Internet of Things Poised to Transform Healthcare

Hospitals are not the future of delivering healthcare.

According to the Global Innovation Survey recently released by Intel, it’s clear that people are ready for a new model of healthcare, one that embraces technology allows them to take more control and rely less on physical facilities for treatment and care.

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Among the interesting findings of the survey:

• 57% of 1,200 respondents said traditional hospitals are on the road to becoming obsolete;
• 75% said they were willing to see a doctor via video conferencing
• 70% said they would be willing to use prescription bottle sensors, toilet sensors or ingested sensors to collect data, and more than half would trust a test they administered themselves as much as one administered by a doctor;
• 84% would be willing to share personal health data to alleviate pressure on the healthcare system, despite privacy concerns.

This survey illustrates that people want to embrace a more ambulatory approach to healthcare, and the timing coincides with clear indicators that a centralized healthcare delivery model through hospitals is no longer sustainable, including the fee-for-service care delivery model.

Doctors are being driven to bankruptcy, and in Ontario alone, 1% of the population accounts for 34% of the province’s healthcare costs. In 2013, healthcare consumed 40% of the provincial budget and is projected to consume 80% by 2030. Waiting for sick patients to show up is simply no longer affordable. Healthcare around the world is funded by deficit spending that governments and citizens can’t afford.

Mobile devices and patient-generated data from Internet of Things (IoT) devices are critical to the evolution of healthcare. They are critical to making decentralized healthcare feasible and affordable. Within hospital walls, these technologies can improve collaboration and accelerate the exchange of patient data, and these workflows can be supported outside the hospital. And as noted in the survey, videoconferencing will lead to a trend toward patient empowerment and virtual care.

IoT takes this empowerment to a new level. Tests be performed and data collected outside a hospital, and people can be continuously monitored for ongoing conditions, as well as for the purposes of prevention. – understanding the state of the human body and whether it might be susceptible to a future illness.

Beyond wearables and embeddable technologies are smart pills, or “ingestibles,” which are focused on patient monitoring and diagnostic imaging. These pills can be combined with smartphones to deliver patient health data.

Changing the focus from hospitals to deliver healthcare is a fundamental change, but one that is necessary. And it’s feasible and affordable thanks to mobile technology and IoT.

To find out more information on what you can learn from looking at examples around the world, listen to the on-demand webinar hosted by Dr. Mark Blatt, Worldwide Medical Director, Intel.

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