Internet of Medical Things & Medical Software Development

Oct 03, 2019

Digiteum Team

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Internet of Medical Things & Medical Software Development

Internet of Things becomes an integral part of the technologies used in all major industries, including energy, manufacturing, retail and agriculture. Healthcare is not an exception. In fact, Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) together with Industrial IoT and IoT for smart home are some of the most fast-growing markets.

Deloitte estimates the value of IoMT will reach almost $160 billion in 2022. Impressive, if we are counting in the U.S. dollars. Though, it would be even more impressive if we could count in millions of saved lives, billions of improved patient experiences and an uncountable number of use cases where IoMT helps making healthcare more efficient and safe.

How exactly Internet of Medical Things can do that? Let’s find out and learn about the existing applications of connected technology in health and social care.

Internet of Medical Things

What Internet of Medical Things Is

To put it in simple terms, Internet of Medical Things a complex of connected technology solutions, IoT medical devices and the whole systems and even infrastructures used in the health and social care industry.

It includes a wide array of applications, wearables, sensor-based devices and spaces. For example, sensor-enabled patient beds which can monitor patient activity and alert nurses if a patient moves or any of the vital conditions change. Or connected medical devices software for data analytics and visualization which transforms generated data into insights and provides medical staff, doctors and hospital management with valuable information.

The Difference between IoT and IoMT

Internet of Medical Things is a part of IoT as a general term for connected technology and big data solutions. According to the Allied Market Research, it’s a considerably large part, as the whole IoT market is predicted to reach $520 billion by 2021 compared to $136.8 billion market value promised for the IoMT alone.

What makes IoMT special among the connected technology built for other industries is a set of characteristics typical for eHealth and medical technology.

  • Focus on security. IoMT is dealing with a great deal of sensitive data such as patient’s medical records, treatment plans, change is health conditions.
  • Enhanced reliability. The focus of the design of Internet of Things medical devices is shifted towards reliability and robustness rather than consumer likability.
  • Slow adoption. Compared to the adoption of smart home automation systems or tracking technology in logistics, for example, IoMT has a slower penetration rate due to bigger complexity of the systems, privacy issues, long processes in this segment and higher level of responsibility involved.

Benefits of IoMT and Medical Software Development

The executives in the healthcare industry have already realized the transformative nature and potential of Internet of Medical Things and started investing in IoT and medical software development. Here are some of the benefits the integration of IoMT and connected medical software bring to thing segment:

Improved healthcare experience

This benefit has a very broad understanding and includes a wide range of positive transformations IoMT introduces to the healthcare experience for different user groups:

  • Wearable technology enables real-time patient health tracking both in hospital and remotely. It provides better flexibility for doctors and patients, unloads hospitals and allows collecting more comprehensive data on patient conditions.
  • The use of connected technology, for example, for medication intake tracking, improves patient adherence and, in general, positively influences patient engagement.

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  • IoMT applications for consumer flow management, for instance, patient admission and discharge, help improve the performance of hospitals, cut down on waiting lines and doctors’ overtime.
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Reduced cost

Another important benefit of IoMT and medical software solutions is saved cost and enhanced efficiency (which leads to saving even more).

  • Using IoMT, hospital executives practice real-time medical asset tracking and better management, reduce waste, prevent under and oversupply and allow for timely maintenance of expensive medical equipment.
  • Connected technology enables automation, helps unload staff from routine and cut down on labor costs.
  • IoT solutions for facility management, for example, for energy consumption monitoring, help decrease bills and optimize the use of resources.

Enhanced quality of healthcare

This is, probably, one of the most important benefits of using IoMT and medical software in the healthcare industry.

  • Connected technology brings in the new reliable sources of patient datum important for making a timely diagnosis, creating dynamic treatment plans and providing personalized healthcare services.
  • IoMT introduces a new generation of devices and technology-enabled things that transform the future of healthcare — wearable sensors, pills with tracking capabilities, connected beds, hospital rooms, emergency vehicles, etc.
Internet of Medical Things

Medical Internet of Things Challenges

Along with benefits come challenges. In the case of developing medical Internet of Things, challenges are not new and typical to the healthcare industry. At the same time, they reflect the specifics of IoMT technology.

  1. Security. IoT, in general, implies dealing with huge amounts of data streaming from sensors. In IoMT, this data is mostly highly sensitive — patients’ condition information, treatment details, people’s location, etc. Therefore, it requires particular attention to proper security and practices to address possible cyberattacks in place.
  2. Connectivity. Reliable uninterrupted connectivity is important for every IoT device which is supposed to continuously manage real-time data. Only in IoMT the price of a shortfall is much higher than, for example, in a smart home connected fridge. For this reason, hardware and software design for medical devices require special focus and should address the problem of connectivity.
  3. High cost. As it was mentioned previously, medial IoT is adopted at a much slower rate than other smart systems. In a way, it’s normal for such a conservative and highly regulated industry as healthcare. The other reason why IoMT is not easily adopted is the high cost of implementation and integration into existing healthcare infrastructure. However, this problem doesn’t concern rather affordable IoT applications such as wearables and emerging SaaS-type of services.

Examples of IoT Medical Devices

Internet of medical things examples are abundant. We’ll highlight three use cases from Nokia, Bigfoot Biomedical and Sonitor which have already gone beyond the concept stage and provide actionable results in healthcare.

Nokia connected radiology

Internet of Medical Things

Nokia offers a sort of plug-and-play network solution which can be easily integrated into an existing healthcare ecosystem and enable remote radiology capabilities. This cloud-based solution connects radiologists with emergency rooms and allows them to review CTs from home and consult remotely, thus providing better efficiency and speed.

Bigfoot Biomedical closed-loop insulin delivery

IoT wearable healthcare

Bigfoot has designed a system for continuous glucose monitoring and on-demand insulin delivery for people with different diabetes conditions. This solution consists of a sensor-based wearable, data processing engine and insulin dosage calculator and delivery and fully automates glucose management.

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Sonitor tracking system

Internet of Medical Things

Leading company in the market of indoor positioning, Sonitor offers a unique solution for people, assets and even infection monitoring and control based on ultrasound technology. The company provides a wide range of patented tools for indoors tracking from badges and tags to remote management systems and control applications.

Integrated into a healthcare facility, Sonitor’s system improves staff and patient flow, provides better safety and reduces the risk of the infection spreading.

IoMT and Medical Devices Software at Digiteum

Our team has a long history working on diverse projects in this segment. We’ve built embedded software for medical devices, designed award-winning apps for chronical patients and built certified applications for such companies as Takeda, Novartis, Sanofi and Merck.
If you are looking for a medical software company or an experienced consultancy in this domain, you are in the right place. Let’s talk about your project!

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