How the internet of things is impacting healthcare
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What’s happening in healthcare has an internet of thing component, according to a study released this week.
The research team looked at internet data from more than 2,300 healthcare organizations around the world, including in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
In their study, researchers looked at how different types of internet data were used and what the impact of that data was on healthcare.
They found that, while most internet data had a health component, a large proportion was used for analytics, business information, or marketing.
Some healthcare organizations have started to incorporate a cloud-based system called ‘internet of life’, which allows them to access and analyse internet-based health data, including patient data.
Other healthcare organizations are using other types of cloud-like services, such as ‘cloud computing’.
“We think this is a really important study because we see this very important trend that the internet is becoming more and more important in healthcare,” Dr Jørgen Pöst of University of Copenhagen said.
“There’s a growing demand from healthcare providers for this kind of data, and in this way we see that healthcare providers are using it in a more holistic way.”
Dr Pös said the data was also being used in research and development.
“I think this study really opens the door to a lot of other things,” he said.
“It opens up a whole new field.”
For example, Dr Pöss said the study showed that, in terms of data sharing, it was “very important” that providers shared data between healthcare providers.
Dr Pøs said there were other important aspects of internet-of-life that were being overlooked, including the use of cloud computing, which allowed organisations to have their own data available to researchers.
He said it would be important to look at the future of healthcare data, which could provide important insight into healthcare.
“It could be very interesting to look back in time to see what is the role that internet of life played in the delivery of healthcare,” he added.
“And then what can we learn from that, from that?”
Dr Päs said that the future for internet-connected devices was promising, with some healthcare providers using internet-enabled devices to collect data.
He said that, although the data in the study was of the same size, some organisations had significantly more internet data available, while others had less.
Dr Poh said that there was an opportunity for healthcare organisations to start building their own cloud-centric healthcare infrastructure.
“In the future, healthcare organisations will be able to use the cloud to offer the best data management and analytics capabilities, with the ability to provide cloud services at scale,” he explained.
What’s happening in healthcare has an internet of thing component, according to a study released this week.The research team looked…