The Internet of Things has made healthcare more efficient. The use of connected objects makes it possible for doctors to provide much faster and more specialised medical services.
A study conducted by the Frost & Sullivan consulting firm estimates the growth of IoT in health centres at 26% per year until 2021, a figure that affirms the potential of IoT applications in medical services. In fact, the number of medical objects connected in 2020 will reach 646 million according to Business Insider, compared to 73 million in 2016.
The revolution in the field of medical applications is becoming known as the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT).
The most important applications that are being developed through the IoMT are related to the support of medical diagnoses and the monitoring of patients.
Medical diagnostics have become more reliable thanks to the use of artificial intelligence, which gives doctors the possibility of prescribing more personalized and specific treatments that meet their patients’ needs.
The ability to monitor patients in real time has contributed to a significant increase in the quality of patient care. It has made it possible to monitor the patient's vital signs at all times. Moreover, big data and wearable devices measure and analyse different processes occurring within the patient's body. All this occurs at a distance, meaning that the doctors never lose sight of the patient’s state of health.
It is crucial to continue promoting the development and application of technologies in healthcare, which is why Air Institute seeks to foster research and training in IoT, artificial intelligence and big data, helping to generate future applications that improve medical care.