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LiveWorx 2018

s801 - Internet of Medical Things: The Bright Future of IoT in Healthcare

Session Description

Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is the application of IoT technologies in healthcare. IoMT, also known as “connected health”, is an enabling technology for an era of truly personalized, data-driven preventive medicine. This network of connected devices senses and communicates health-related data in real time, allowing for highly personalized insights and accommodating individual needs. IoMT has the potential to enable the paradigm shift in healthcare from the treatment of disease and symptom management to focus on prevention and empowering the individual to be in control of their health. In the process, connected health will improve availability, delivery, and affordability of healthcare. The consumerization of healthcare is already underway, people want the tools to stay on top of their health and participate in their healthcare. Only by empowering the individual, will the true proactive healthcare and preventive medicine be possible. IoMT devices, such as wearables, mobile health apps, in-home medical and consumer devices (think Amazon Echo), remote patient monitoring and other devices are already in wide use. While the majority is for fitness promotion and tracking, regular health status data and basic vitals, the applications of IoMT devices are steadily increasing. They form a unique digital fingerprint, which over time grows more meaningful and eventually produces actionable insights. Through feedback loops, health outcomes can be monitored and used to improve treatment plans. IoMT enables real-time medical interventions to be delivered in response to vital data changes, potentially preventing a medical crisis. Predictive science will become an integral part of medical care. With a deeper understanding of genetics, social determinants of health, disease onset, and progression, human behavior and impact of lifestyle choices on health, the truly holistic approach to human health will deliver better outcomes. This emerging technology of IoT applications in healthcare is not without its challenges. We will explore compliance and security challenges of connected health devices. We will also touch on the challenges of technology adoption in this industry.


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Additional Information
Healthcare & Medical Devices IoT
IoT Strategies & Business Models Security Security & Privacy Smart, Connected Product Design- Internet of Medical Things
Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is still a nascent application of IoT in healthcare, but it is growing rapidly. There is significant recent research in sensors, networks, cloud, mobility and big data domains, demonstrating maximum IP coverage by companies. (Aranca report, October 2017)
IoMT is an enabling technology for personalized, data-driven preventive medicine. Consumerization of healthcare and empowerment of the individual to control their health are accelerating the wider acceptance of connected health.
IoT in healthcare faces unique challenges with security and compliance, and industry-specific barriers to adoption, which can be overcome.
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45 minutes
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