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3 Reasons to Leverage the Internet of Things in Healthcare

Posted by Zebra Global

December 10, 2014 at 8:22 AM

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From new regulations to innovative medical research and training, healthcare is constantly in flux. What’s more, the industry faces intense pressure to improve patient care, increase efficiency, reduce waste—you name it. And with the advent of mobile devices, cloud networks and Big Data, healthcare organizations have countless opportunities to make things better by leveraging the expanding world of the Internet of Things (IoT). Here are a few ways healthcare providers can make the IoT work for them:

1. Enhanced Patient Care

Every transaction and resource within a healthcare organization should be designed to improve patient care. And since healthcare is mission critical, timing and quality are everything. From eliminating hospital wait times to ensuring accurate diagnoses and treatments, the practice exists to ensure the health and well-being of people. With real-time visibility into day-to-day patient activities or tasks, clinicians can make more informed decisions that lead to better patient outcomes. Furthermore, by using mobile devices and having instant access to data, historically manual processes are eliminated, which allows professionals to invest more time in enhancing patient experiences.

2. Proactive Innovation

To stay abreast of the ever-changing healthcare environment, organizations must be proactive or risk falling behind. Additionally, healthcare leaders need to be able to allocate time to medical research in order to develop top-notch treatment plans, and training and learning programs. By converting physical assets into digital information, professionals can quickly capture and analyze their data to find frequent patterns and implement predictive solutions. With real-time insight into specific events and activities, organizations can allocate resources appropriately.

3. Improved Efficiency

Throughout the healthcare industry, budgets are highly regulated. From insurance programs to medical grants and supply funding, it’s important that organizations get the most value from their assets—while maintaining peak performance. With connected mobile devices built to capture data, healthcare personnel and stakeholders can manage assets more accurately. By having line of sight into their supplies, people and activities, organizations can ensure they have what they need, when and where they need it.

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Topics: Healthcare, Internet of Things, Visible Value Chain, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA