The healthcare industry is starting to transform right in front of our eyes. Pen and paper have been the method of choice for writing prescriptions, recording information during appointments, and the like, for decades. However, essentially everything in hospitals and doctors offices are becoming digitalized.
You have likely observed from your own doctor’s office that your prescription is no longer written down and handed to you to take to your pharmacy. Rather, the prescription is sent directly to the pharmacy through a computer system. Prescription writing, filling, and picking up have all become digitalized – digital health is taking over.
This is only one small example of digital health and IoT devices and technologies within the healthcare industry. Let’s explore some of the most widely used and popular IoT devices used in digital health is hospitals and doctors offices.
Novartis is one company actively researching this type of technology. They are currently developing special inhalers for people who suffer from COPD. For instance, their Propeller’s Breezhaler device , includes a sensor in the inhaler that is able to record data and send it back to a digital device. When released, this inhaler has the ability to drastically improve COPD sufferer’s lives.
Pills you can swallow with a tiny sensor to transmit important information to your doctor seem like a thing of the future? Well, it’s not because it’s in creation today by Proteus. All a patient needs to do is swallow their pill, put on a skin patch, and download the mobile app and provider portal. According to Proteus, “the patient activates Proteus Discover by taking medication with an ingestible sensor, once the ingestible sensor reaches the stomach, it transmits a signal to the patch worn on the torso. A digital record is sent to the patient’s mobile device and then to the Proteus cloud where with the patient’s permission, healthcare providers and caregivers can access it via their portal. The patch also measures and shares patient activity and rest.”
Their goal is to completely transform patient care and medical non-adherence. This is especially helpful for all phases of clinical trails. Not only will the patients be more engaged and can fully track and understand the trial process, but clinicians, researchers, and doctors can also receive the most accurate information possible for their trials and studies.