How Wearable Medical Tech is Transforming Hospitals into Smart Hospitals

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A new report has come out detailing how the wearable tech revolution could potentially help turn hospitals into places where tech is at the forefront. This full-scale digital transformation could be happening quite soon without the Internet of Things world entering the medical space at a fast pace. The report stated that the rise in this type of tech is “in part, fueled by the rise of IoT which offers new connectivity opportunities in the healthcare industry.

IDC figures predict the Asia-Pacific IoT scene will see a dramatic expansion over the next five years, with the number of connected “things” increasing from 3.1 billion in 2014 to 8.6 billion by 2020 —29 percent of the global total.” The report goes on to talk about how there are two areas of healthcare that have the potential to be changed by this new digital revolution. The first is healthcare information systems.

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“Digitizing patient records and moving from paper-based to Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) is now standard practice. There is a seven-stage roadmap defined by the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) that hospitals must follow to earn the right to call themselves a ‘paperless hospital’. This removes the need for time consuming paperwork transfer between hospitals, so the relevant care provider can view a patient’s up-to-date information, regardless of location. The second area that this changes is medical devices.

According to the report “ Hospitals are moving from unconnected, relatively immobile or room-bound equipment toward medical sensors, BioMed devices, medical wearables and even surgery robots. With a major growth in the medical devices and applications market comes new opportunities for automation, data collection and analysis. With connected devices helping ease the burden on hospital staff and reporting key patient observations, providers can efficiently increase the quality of care delivered for every patient.”

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