How will the Internet of Things Impact Healthcare?


IOT HealthcareWhat if you couldn’t open the fridge because you didn’t exercise today? Your phone would send a notification to your fridge alerting it. This scenario is an example of Internet of Things, a technology currently growing into an estimated $1.7 trillion industry by 2020.

Does this situation sound scary? Does this sound like Stranger Things? Or does this only look futuristic?

This is the picture that Drew Palin, Chief Medical Innovation Officer of Preventice, painted at the Illinois Technology Association 2014 panel sessions dedicated to the Internet of Things.

“When you walk in, your TV will come on and say: ‘Good job, Drew. You got some exercise today. I’m going to open the freezer so you can have a fudge bar,” Palin said the Chicago Tribune reported.

Today the Internet of Things conversation has only escalated, along with the prototypes and technology.

So, where are we now with healthcare? Some have said that healthcare is an industry that has been resistant to change. “Health care providers have lagged behind other industries in adopting IoT innovations and using available customer data to inform decision making, but the shift is taking place,” reported Deloitte University Press.

PreScouter, a Chicago-based innovation startup, identified that 96 percent of business leaders plan to use Internet of Things in the next three years. And one of the earliest to adapt industries, is in fact, healthcare.

To continue the conversation and show the advancements in healthcare, PreScouter and GE Healthcare have partnered to discuss how Internet of Things technology will impact healthcare and every industry at an exclusive industry event in Chicago on October 6, 2016.

Bill Shingleton, Ph.D., Technical Lead at GE Healthcare’s British offices, will be presenting on how GE Healthcare, a company that has been developing and researching Internet of Things for a decade, is implementing Internet of Things.

“Clinical practitioners believe technology is trying to replace them,” Shingleton said as one of a few ways including data security and lack of collaboration as the biggest risks that the healthcare industry will struggle with as they adapt Internet of Things technologies.

While there are real obstacles to Internet of Things technology, there are some benefits that will revolutionize the healthcare industry regarding data, monitoring daily health of individuals, to name a few.

Healthcare is not the only industry that will be affected by this technology. As the next multi-trillion dollar industry, Internet of Things will be pervasive. PreScouter will have some of their scientists at their fifth disruptive technologies series event, “How will the Internet of Things impact your industry,” to answer questions about Internet of Things effects on multiple sectors.

Internet of Things will also impact manufacturing as machines talk to machines for greater efficiency. It will impact transportation regarding developing smart cities and autonomous cars. Internet of Things will transform energy as smart homes help families and business monitor their energy usages.

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This article is a guest post by Amanda Elliott.Amanda Elliott is the Marketing Coordinator and Journal Editor at PreScouter, an innovation consulting startup. She is experienced in creating content and marketing campaigns. In her free time, Amanda interviews other Chicago startups in her blog, Windy City Cosmo.


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