The Internet of Things driving healthcare in Australia
Our devices are now more connected than ever before, and the Internet of Things (IoT) is providing opportunities for a range of different industries, including healthcare. According to KPMG Australia's Head of Management Consulting Ian Hancock, the technology is growing rapidly and has the potential to widely impact Australia in the long term.
"The Internet of Things is expected to deliver 50 billion devices and have a US$11 trillion annual impact to the global economy by 2025. It will transform industries, and reshape how we interact with technology," he said. "We forecast Australia has the opportunity to derive more than $120 billion in additional economic activity from the Internet of Things over the next 10 years."
In the healthcare sector, the Internet of Things is gaining ground, improving the systems and tools available to those in medical jobs. So what are some of the ways that the IoT is transforming the future of healthcare in Australia?
Patients are becoming more proactive
According to Healthcare Australia consumers are no longer just passive receivers of healthcare, they are becoming increasingly involved in their own wellbeing. The IoT give patients the ability to monitor, report and respond to their own symptoms, reducing the load on medical staff and enabling treatment to be delivered sooner. This is made possible by a range of home health technologies including blood pressure monitors and mobile apps. For instance, activity trackers such as the FitBit are letting the masses take their health into their own hands, and this is only likely to develop further.
IoT encourages healthcare providers to collaborate and create personalised treatment plans for patients.
Devices are integral to the management of chronic illness
Similarly, Orion Health notes that the IoT allows patients with chronic illnesses to be monitored more effectively, with connected devices constantly tracking their condition and reporting back to medical professionals. This means that these patients will be able to get quicker responses, better treatment, be less likely to need repeated hospital admission, and will generally have a better quality of life.
IoT facilitating better collaboration
Finally, the IoT means that patient records are more accessible, making it easier for multiple healthcare organisations to work together and administer the best possible care without the need to manually transfer data or meet in a single location. Healthcare providers can use the technology to coordinate with one another, and formulate a precise, personalised treatment plan for each patient that will help improve outcomes.
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