The whole world is hooked to the internet today. Nearly half of population on this planet has access to its information bank. Over the past two decades, the biggest sector to leverage this capability is the health industry. Now with the Internet of things (IoT), healthcare is rapidly reaching people who need medical assistance in the real time. This article is written based on the insights given by Raghvendra Singh Dikhit, Sr. Solutions Architect, Impetus Infotech Pvt Ltd.
Rapid assistance with IoT
Accidents and causalities can happen to anybody at any point in time. With respect to recent stats, we are talking about a few hundred million devices that will get connected online which means real-time assistance anywhere, everywhere. IoT devices are believed to bring effective and timely intervention with expert supervision from doctors, nurses, and connected medical equipment.
Not just rapid but cost effective
Upon a background check, there are multiple private entities handling medical health platforms and sometimes they tend to monopolize their service. When it comes to the user, that is the patient in our case would always look for hassle-free and cost-effective healthcare solutions and IoT falls just in the place accomplishing this. Almost everyone who owns a smartphone or a smart device is experiencing personalized benefits with verified doctors providing online assistance, tips and even videos for varied cases.
Increased connectivity with LoraWAN technology
In India, there is a speculated number of one death every four minutes due to road accidents. This is apart from numbers of heart attacks, and stokes that occur every minute. In critical conditions, IoT and smart devices such as a smartphone can quickly alert the hospitals and ambulance services in the nearby area for rapid assistance using Open Source platforms
If an emergency is cited, for example, a person just met with an accident, treatment must start at the spot. With distributed computing topologies like IoT, this will be made easy. How? It need not the ailing person, the passerby could send out an emergency which will enable an ambulance and doctor to be made available. Now how to do it is the question and the passing by people would not know anything about his person.
“The use of a profile called e-profile, which could be created or made available in the health application installed in the smartphones. The e-profile will be stored and protected by public-private key authentication. This digital certification in the phone can be instantly triggered and sent during an emergency situation. This will include communication to the ambulance driver, nurses or whoever is in the registered network. Blood group identification, medical history, historical records of treatments could be assessed, and real-time medication could be given without wasting time” says Raghvendra Singh Dikhit.
Edge Computing Platforms
There are Edge computing engines available and their architecture is designed to evaluate simulation and computational assessment and impact evaluation. Though this technology has various use cases in Consumer and Industrial IoT, it would be a boon for healthcare too.
In a distributed environment like IoT for example, if almost everyone is registered to this platform, anybody can seek help from persons nearby. “This could come as a great help to elderly people where the system will continuously send necessary data and vital stats to the centralized system to assess if emergency assistance is required”, says Raghvendra Singh Dikhit.
Is Open Source good enough?
Open source is a big name in this space. Since the use cases on IoT are customized most of the time, standardization is a challenge. The environment needs to be made custom fit and open source platforms are the cheapest and best alternatives around. Open source platforms like Eclipse Kura could help configuring and link up hundreds or thousands of devices and nodes and health care could very well leverage its powers. In future, it would be relevant to say that lot of interoperability with Open Source would be seen in this space.
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To know more, attend Raghvendra Singh Dikhit’S talk on “DISRUPTION OF CONNECTED HEALTHCARE SOCIETY WITH IoP” at EFY Conferences 2018