One of the most exciting aspects of the Internet of Things is its versatility. In data-driven environments such as hospitals, the possibilities are almost endless. We’ve come a long way when it comes to healthcare overall— more people are living longer thanks to advances in medical technology and we have access to incredible life-saving treatments and medications that were a far-off dream 50 years ago. IoT is the next frontier in patient care, both inside and outside of the hospital. Currently, about 60% of hospitals have implemented some kind of IoT solution—and more are being installed every year. Let’s take a look at 5 examples of devices in action at hospitals around the country.
1. Fewer errors
Humans aren’t perfect, and the prevalence of medical errors is one of the biggest problems our healthcare system faces. These errors cause preventable deaths each year, and about $19.5 billion in healthcare costs. Wearables are among the IoT solutions that can help prevent medical errors. Smart patient wristbands, for instance, can help ensure healthcare providers are dispensing the correct medication to each patient and reducing the opportunity for mislabeling samples or other errors that could endanger the patient.
2. Streamlined processes
Healthcare providers should be …