The ‘Internet of Things’ or IOT, is described as the many physical devices around the world that are now connected to the internet, collecting and sharing data (ZD net). This concept is rapidly developing around the globe, with more and more devices being connected to the internet, making people’s lives easier each day.
IoT devices have revolutionised the healthcare industry, providing more technology to track and analysis health related data. Here’s some examples:
Firstly, diagnosing and treating patients will become more efficient, with IoT devices enabling patients to quickly and easily book appointments when symptoms show. Additionally, IoT devices can monitor medication levels and alert patients when they need to renew their prescription. Secondly, IoT devices can more accurately monitor data and therefore reduce medical errors. The consistent monitoring of data will assist in medical research as it can provide researchers with large volumes of information that would unable to be accessed with traditional devices. Subsequently, medical researchers can quickly understand illnesses and create treatments more efficiently.
However, there are some challenges that are associated with healthcare IoT devices. Firstly, user’s privacy could be compromised when their health data is recorded via devices connected to the internet. There is a possibility for cybercriminals to steal and misuse medical information. Thirty-five percent of IT leaders have cited security as a top barrier to IoT success in the healthcare field, specifically in relation to government regulations (Medium, 2019). Secondly, there is potential for data overload, as IoT devices collect an incredible large volume of data. There must be realistic expectations for how quickly and efficiently this data can be organised and analysed, in order to avoid data overload. Additionally, with many IoT devices emerging, there must be protocols created for each one so the use of these devices are regulated properly.