Outlook 2021: Focus on IoT in Healthcare and Industry

The current context pushes companies to use new technologies, in particular the Internet of Things (IoT). Demand will be strong, especially in the fields of health and industry. Network technologies will be more and more varied. Here are the perspectives on IoT in health and industry.

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A variety of options

The explosion in demand in 2021 is expected to result in several new wireless diversity options. Organizations are being asked to sort through all the new ones.

 

Earth-orbiting satellites represent an attractive solution for long-distance connectivity. Interest in satellites and various networking technologies is expected to increase significantly for businesses and health-related organizations.

 

Especially in the healthcare field, the demand for connected devices is expected to be very strong. The disruptions caused by the pandemic over the past year have caused several delays in the detection of many diseases. Several chronic diseases could not be managed, and cancers were not detected. It is expected that the number of sensors and portable devices to detect diseases will increase.

 

This will lead to an increasing demand for digital health devices. This demand is expected to be increased by the reduced cost of these devices. Home monitoring is expected to become more commonplace.

Employee Experience

Employee experience should continue to be significantly enhanced. Expensive commercial real estate should be abandoned by many companies. New strategies must be adopted to manage employee return to work despite the increasing use of telework.

 

Employee safety should be improved to enhance the quality of life of employees. Efficiency will also be promoted through such means as intelligent lighting and energy and environmental monitoring. These measures will be activated by increasingly sophisticated sensors.

 

Many traditional activities will continue to be transformed during 2021. Distributors, utilities, and pharmaceutical companies will continue to operate remotely. The use of remote actors is already common practice. Industrial equipment suppliers will be called upon to meet the growing demand for connected objects.

 

Location data

Location data is increasingly seen as essential for convenience. It is becoming increasingly important to develop locations that are more convenient for everyone. It is becoming important to manage line-ups, curbside pick-up and even reservations.

 

It will become necessary to rely on technology partners to help manipulate location data and make the most of it. It will also be necessary to learn how to use a third-party source of location data. Several companies have begun to invest in IoT to provide employees with access to a mobile application that uses data from a luminaire sensor to detect open offices and conference rooms.

 

With this technology, employees can change light and temperature settings to suit their personal needs. Color and intensity are adjusted to allow employees to better concentrate and conserve energy.

The health field favored

The health field is called upon to make a revolutionary change. The situation over the past year has highlighted the importance of using the IoT. Patient care can be significantly improved and so can the quality of life of patients. New approaches in precision medicine are also promoted by IoT, which greatly reduces the risk of error.

 

Several types of intelligent sensors will continue to be used in 2021. Included in this range of intelligent means are inhalers and smart pills that are unmanageable. It is possible to observe patients' medication schedules. The technology now makes it possible to integrate a sensor into the patient's skin. Blood glucose levels can then be monitored in diabetics without the need for constant use of a syringe.

 

The IoT is expected to be used more and more in day-to-day operations. Several ambulance services are already taking advantage of this technology. Updates can be made to locate the nearest ambulances and hospitals. A patient's condition can be transmitted to the hospital. When the patient arrives, the hospital staff is already informed of the patient's condition and health history. The hospital can also triage more urgent cases.

 

The Internet of Things will also promote a better future for health care. Combined with machine learning, it is possible to produce a very thorough analysis of the data. It will be possible to diagnose and prevent diseases much more accurately than is possible with traditional medicine. Pharmaceutical companies will also use the IoT to accurately analyze clinical data to develop new drugs.

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The challenges of the IoT

The next few years will bring their share of challenges. One of the main obstacles to the implementation of IoT in the health field is financing. The initial investment can be considerable, but the technology often requires recurring expenses. The existing structure needs to be constantly reviewed and staff must also be trained in the use of IoT, which also requires expenditure.

 

Of course, this is a long-term investment since the use of IoT is expected to result in cost savings. The expenses will be offset since the technology will help reduce the number of visits and procedures, among other things. Drugs will also be managed more cost-effectively.

 

The implementation of the IoT in health will also be done differently in each country since it sometimes conflicts with certain laws. Because IoT devices capture a large amount of data, they provide access to data that is sometimes considered protected by legislation. Patient information can sometimes be very sensitive. The challenge will be securing the data.

Data security

Of course, organizations will remain vigilant about cyber security. It is imperative to prevent outside parties from taking control of the medical equipment that treats patients. Several measures are already in place to promote the reliability of the IoT. Staff are trained in data protection. Many organizations are looking closely at vulnerabilities.

 

Companies are expected to be much more transparent about the data they collect. They need to show the nature of their business and provide details on how they are securing data. One way to address the issue of funding is to adopt a results-based model.

 

The year 2021 is also expected to see an increased focus on low-power WAN technologies. These technologies make connectivity more affordable for health care organizations. They also provide greater network coverage. Performance is improving and the technology is becoming less and less expensive. The devices used are smaller and the batteries have longer battery life.

 

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