IoT or the Internet of Things continues to drive transformation in the healthcare industry. Some might argue that IoT is not new, maybe the patenting of the passive RFID in 1973 was the origin of IoT. By the 1980’s many manufacturing units were already connected. Some others like consumer goods were using a form of IoT. For example Coke was using a similar technology with its vending machines in 1980’s which was invented at the Carnegie Mellon University. 1980 was also the year CERN launched World Wide Web (WWW) and the internet was born. By 1990’s Wal-Mart had mandated all organizations that are displaying their goods to have advanced RFID chips.
By 2000’s we started connecting devices to the internet. Power grids and Energy companies started systems which were talking to each other. Soon cell phones were connected and then by 2008, we saw the inflection point on the number of connected devices. Today we have wearable devices that can send your physiological data to your physician that can help him or her track your health parameters like BP and sugar levels.
IoT in India is not new either. We know for example a hospital in Delhi-NCR region had ambulances with antennas on its top, ECG machines, and monitors along with physicians in the ambulance. This way despite the traffic jams in India, the critical records of the patients would arrive at the ER and the physicians and surgeons would make the necessary preparation for stabilizing the patient and save valuable time that otherwise they would have wasted in these tests.
So to discuss the past, present and the future of #IoT of #Healthcare join in for the #Philipschat on Twitter the 10th April, Monday from 3 PM to 4 PM to discuss all things #IoT. The chat would be moderated by @msharmas from @HCITExperts and would feature @prsdsrnvs Srinivas Prasad, CEO Philips Innovation Campus and our editor @drvikram Dr Vikram Venkateswaran.
Looking forward to the chat and meeting all of you there.