Digital twins, activity trackers, connected contact lenses, smart locks, home automation, smart grids. Every then and now, we hear about innovative applications of the Internet of Things. The technology, which uses the internet to connect digital devices and send/receive data between them is making waves in every industry for the commendable potential it has.
According to a 2017 report by the World Bank and WHO, almost half of the world population can’t access basic healthcare services. The report further highlights that there is an inconsistency in the availability and affordability of healthcare services even in the developed world. For example, in America, a study conducted at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance founded that uninsured, working-age Americans have a 40 percent higher risk of death.
According to Gartner, there will be 25 billion voice-enabled applications and other IoT devices by 2020. There has been a significant growth in the adoption of virtual assistants across industries. Artificial intelligence improvements and other technological advancements are driving this growth of virtual assistants.
Technology is disrupting every industry, in the most significant way. And today, it is impossible to shrug off technology’s ability to let us live longer, healthier lives. From smart hospitals to surgical robots, we could see digital healthcare system transforming the patient care, pronouncedly.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been gaining a lot of traction in recent past. The entire concept revolves around usage of electronic devices for monitoring data, which is connected to the public or private cloud, making them to trigger events automatically.
Internet has found its relevance in all fronts and is poised to disrupt almost every sector with its benefits. Amongst the various domains that exert the influence of internet is healthcare.
With internet, evolved the concept of Internet of Things (IoT), which involves connecting anyone, anything, any service, or any network, via internet. Basically, IoT deals with interaction between machines, devices, or applications for solving or automating tasks, without human intervention.
Google Home, Thermostat, FitBit, Smartlock, Coffee Pot!
All of these examples might seem different, but what puts them all into a single category is the Internet of Things (IoT). These everyday things and devices are connected to internet, are identified by other devices, and add up some kind of info to a database.