Vodafone, in a new white paper supported by Bernard Vrijens, Professor in public health at the University of Liege, claims that its new Internet of Things (IoT) connected solution health care programme can improve millions of lives and can even lower the healthcare cost.
According to the white paper, Internet of Things can lead to being a more effective healthcare as it brings together the smart devices, connectivity and the cloud. IoT brings solutions like collecting patients data from smart packaging, smart delivery, smart pills, smart diaries, smart scale and wearables, which will be stored in the cloud and further be available for doctors or patients on application software.
The World Health Organisation said that a patient’s chance of recovery in long term conditions, such as hypertension, cancer and HIV are only around 50 percent, as half of the patients suffering from these conditions do not follow their doctor’s instruction.
The data-driven and IoT enabled adherence management outlined benefits to patients, clinicians, medical devices companies as it records the medical data. Which can be further analysedby doctors and will improve treatment, more effective drug development and ultimately lower health costs.
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University of Liege Professor of public health Bernard Vrijens said, “Healthcare providers currently monitor four main vital signs: body temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate and blood pressure. The IoT means they’ll soon be able to accurately measure a fifth — adherence. I believe that the importance of connectivity in the both medical devices and in patient engagement cannot be underestimated. This is a pivotal moment on the road to more individualised healthcare.”