During the #PhilipsChat, on the 10th April 2017, experts were asked about what they thought about the current trends and focus areas that the IT Industry, Medical Device Manufacturers, Hospitals and Startups will need to keep in view in the near and short-term while making their organisation ready for the Digital Transformation that can be and will be enabled by #IoT in Healthcare.
A great discussion ensued and that has spawned this blog series. Presenting the insights shared by Dr Vikram Venkateswaran (@drvikram) on #IoT in Healthcare #PhilipsChat.
Q1: In the near term (1-3 years), What are the top 3 innovations in IoT that can benefit healthcare?:
Dr Vikram Venkateswaran:
In my opinion, the immediate benefits are in areas where other industries have made progress: cheaper rates for Sensors, Increased security at device and sensor level. Additionally, an Increased integration of sensors and devices with EMR allowing for proactive interventions and remote monitoring for Chronic diseases.
Another aspect is Managing inventory and tagging assets are key for more hospitals, and i think that is an immediate benefit that will accrue.To the question of, Do you think India will benefit from cheaper portable diagnostic devices or remote treatment a better stead ? asked by Divye Marwah; I would say, both patients and the hospitals will benefit.
Sukesh Kumar: Do you think #AI will help in taking healthcare to the next level?
Dr Vikram Venkateswaran: Its already happening in certain specialties like Oncology
Q2: Is an IoT based system going to be a utility or a service?
Dr Vikram Venkateswaran: Tricky one but I would say a service, with elements of a utility.
Ms. Manishree Bhattachar (@ManishreeBhatt1), Analyst with NASSCOM, “Do you think EHR implementation is a requisite, to go for a full bloom service+utility models for IoT devices?”
Dr Vikram Venkateswaran: I think so personally, without the full view of patient history, proactive intervention; depends on the care priorities for the Hospital.
Q3. Do you see any device, connected via any protocol and with any cloud; as the future, if yes how will that be achieved? Standards?:
Dr Vikram Venkateswaran: That is one of the biggest challenges today, EMR integration with IoT devices for example Wearables, remote pacemakers, Bionic Limbs, lenses with ability to monitor sugar levels and Blood Pressure.
Q4: In India (or your country), what are the Digital Infrastructure requirements for enabling IoT based Innovations in Healthcare?
Dr Vikram Venkateswaran: Network connectivity and availability of LE sensors is the key, Most healthcare systems are still on paper records, Patient education is the key as well, massive change in perception is required.
The complete transcript is available at this link as always comments, questions and suggestions are welcome.