Healthcare IoT Use Cases

While putting together the StampedeCon IoT Summit, we found a number of use cases for the Internet of Things (IoT) in Healthcare.  In fact, we found not only possible use cases but numerous actual implementations that are helping achieve better patient outcomes, better patient experiences and more efficient hospital operations.

Improving Patient Outcomes

Phillips has collected over 15 PB of sensor data

There is no shortage of medical devices and sensors in hospitals and in homes and, now that wireless connectivity options are feasible, there are incredible opportunities to aggregate in-hospital device data as well as to allow patients to stream their in-home device data back to medical providers to allow for better care and ultimately better outcomes.  In this video (a Philips Healthcare Use Case from Amazon Web Services), Philips Healthcare talks about how their devices already monitor 190 million patients in ICUs each year and over 1 million patients at home.  They are beginning to collect and analyze this data (they have 15 PB already) and want to be able to apply deep learning and other algorithms to some portion of this data to help provide actionable information to help hospital staff and patients to achieve better care.

GOJO collects 2 million events daily for hand hygiene compliance

Another IoT implementation is designed to monitor hand hygiene compliance (which apparently can be less than 50% according to the CDC) to reduce the number of hospital acquired infections.  GOJO, the maker of Purell hand sanitizer, has tens of thousands of sensors (activity sensors and dispenser sensors) deployed in hospitals collecting 2 million events daily going through Microsoft Azure IoT Suite and whose data is designed to be able to give a hand hygiene compliance number.  See this video for more information.

Improving Patient Experience and Hospital Operations

To improve the patient experience in hospitals while also reducing load on hospital staff, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals are using IBM’s Watson IoT platform to power cognitive hospital rooms.  It allows them to ‘take control over their hospital stay and the overall experience — operating lights, window blinds, asking questions about hospital facilities or even getting background information on their physician…For example, patients can request information (i.e.: “When can my brother visit me on Tuesday?” or “Tell me about my doctor”), request specific actions (i.e.: “Play waterfall music,” or “Make the room warmer or cooler”), trigger actions (i.e.: “Remind me to get up and walk every four hours”), and have an interactive dialogue with the speaker (i.e.: “Conduct a survey and record the responses for my nurse”), which can help make a patient’s hospital stay more comfortable, relaxed and enjoyable.’

Recent Progress with Healthcare IoT

In a presentation from Paul Boal, VP of Solution Delivery at Amitech, at the StampedeCon 2016 Big Data Conference in St. Louis, we learned that “the human body is an inexhaustible source of data about personal health, and the healthcare industry is just beginning to scratch the surface of the potential insights and value that will come from that data….Providing personal health devices as a way to promote individual health is one way that healthcare is beginning to take advantage of IoT technologies.”

From glucose to the microbiome, the clinical uses of the “Internet of Healthy Things” saw a surge in 2016 with startups and established companies.  At the StampedeCon IoT Summit 2017 in St. Louis, Sanjay Joshi, CTO of Healthcare & Life-Sciences at Dell EMC, will be presenting ‘The “Internet of Healthy Things”: a 2016 use-case update.’   Sanjay will summarize the universe of functional uses of medical and IoT devices in Connected and Clinical Care and the future of clinical trials that will use these devices. He will also discuss the new regulatory and security landscape that governs this new area.