The Internet of Things Brings New Life to the Medical Equipment Industry

IoT sensors in medical equipment are bringing a new level of monitoring power and performance data to manufacturers

As we’ve continued to explore IoT in its various applications, there has been no shortage of innovation. From safety and efficiency applications in the construction equipment industry, to resource saving and energy monitoring use in the power systems equipment industry, IoT has shown its worth across the board.

Just as it’s helped organizations in construction and power equipment industries thrive, the power of the Internet of Things could also mean big things for medical equipment manufacturers. That is to say, connected equipment sensors could pave the way for a fundamental change in the depth and quality of service medical devices are able to provide.

Better Connection Means Faster and More Accurate Return of Vital Data

People rely on medical equipment to work accurately on a daily basis, and medical equipment companies are always on the lookout for ways to make their machines more efficient and reliable. With this need for constant improvement, the medical equipment industry has a lot to gain by utilizing the ability to connect with IoT technology.

In a time where hospital error is the 6th leading cause of preventable death, having sensors imbedded in equipment could serve as a line of defense and reliability. With the variety of wireless monitoring services now available, devices can work together to create a comprehensive information network. For example, sensors could be connected to heart rate, blood pressure, ultrasound, or any number of devices that could automatically relay the information it collects to healthcare professionals. It will make equipment more effective by allowing real time monitoring of patient health.

When devices can gather data on their own, it removes the limitations that human error can cause. Automation reduces the risk of error, and fewer errors can mean increased efficiency, lower costs, and improvements in quality.

IoT Turns Equipment into Effective Real-time Health Data Centers

Technology this powerful has already seen some applications in the medical field as of late. With the ability to track and monitor patients wirelessly, a few equipment manufacturers have already embedded IoT sensors into their products.

One such system, the Masimo Radical-7, is a health monitor that collects patient data and then wirelessly sends notifications to the physician. The data is shown in a complete detailed picture of patient status which can then be reviewed wherever the physician may be.

Another application can be seen with Freescale’s Home Health Hub reference platform, which utilizes wireless connectivity to enable collection and sharing of physiological information. The hub collects patient data from sensors and then stores it securely on the cloud, where it can be accessed by those on the patient’s care team.

The Future of Medical Equipment Lies in Connection

With so many benefits of medical equipment connectivity, we can bet on seeing more and more of these IoT connected devices populate care centers. Those in the medical equipment industry have a myriad of application opportunities ahead of them with the kinds of data these sensors can provide. Here are just a few of the benefits medical equipment manufacturers will realize with possibilities of connected sensors and devices:

    1. Monitor Both Machine and Patient Health

    While connected patient medical devices can provide unparalleled access to individual health, with connected equipment, techs can also monitor the health of the machines of which they’re in charge. This is especially helpful for those must-have machines that are imperative for patient care. Having this kind 24/7 automatic monitoring can give piece of mind to those organizations in charge of keeping vital medical equipment up and running.

    2. Ensure Equipment is Spread Equally Across Machines

    Keeping equipment running is the main concern for medical equipment companies, but making sure it’s used effectively can also help service organizations see tremendous benefits. IoT Sensors have the ability to reveal how long, how often, and how well machines are being used. This means that if one piece of equipment is continually overused, while is rarely used, companies can make adjustments so they receive equal wear. Similarly, scheduling times for equipment use can be made easier by updating reservations through cloud based software. Thus avoiding over booking and resource exhaustion.

    3. Understand Where to Implement Equipment Improvements

    With an endless flow of data from device to manufacturer, companies receive insights into how equipment can be modified or upgraded. For example, if a particular device tends to use resources too quickly, the manufacturer can change the design in the next iteration of the equipment. Useful data about the efficiency or performance of the equipment can make the manufacturing process more efficient, and by relation, healthcare as well.

Medical Equipment Manufacturers Will Improve Quality of Life with IoT Devices

In an industry where knowing is half the battle, medical equipment manufacturers have a lot to gain by incorporating IoT technology in their devices. The internet of things for the medical equipment industry will produce data that can go a long way in not only increasing equipment efficiency, but patient health as well.

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