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Article Courtesy of:  The Wall Street Daily

IoT (Internet of Things) + Big Data = Top Healthcare

Five Billion! That’s how many devices are hooked up to the Internet of Things (IoT) today.

The industry has steadily grown over the past several years… as evidenced by the fact that three billion of those devices are consumer products.

From smart utility meters and connected cars on the high end, to fitness trackers on the low end, IoT consumer devices are quickly becoming ubiquitous.

But it doesn’t even scratch the surface of the growth that’s projected in the coming years.

In December, my colleague Louis Basenese quoted some eye-popping forecasts…

  • Tech research firm Gartner pegs the number of devices connected to the internet at 21 billion by 2020.
  • BI Intelligence kicks its projection higher, with 34 billion connected devices by 2020.
  • And former CEO and Executive Chairman of Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO), John Chambers, cranks the crystal ball into hyperdrive, predicting an enormous 500 billion connected devices by 2025.

Interactive, on-the-Spot Healthcare
Predictably enough, that change is coming in the healthcare sector – specifically, with medical devices.

For example, Geisinger, an integrated healthcare system in central Pennsylvania, is planning to equip its orthopedic patients with devices that will track steps, monitor heart rates, and even determine a range of motion.

Working with a software company called OBERD, Geisinger will use the data to send automated questions to the patients over their smartphones to gauge their progress and address any issues much quicker.

For instance, the device might sense that a patient’s heart rate has increased, but he hasn’t taken many steps. This could indicate a form of exercise other than walking or running or it could be something else.

IoT and Healthcare:  So the patient’s smartphone will ask questions like:

– “Were you just exercising?”
– “How did your joints feel during the exercise?”
– “Did the exercise hurt and, if so, how long afterwards did it hurt?”

But rather than being formulaic, the technology is smarter than that.

A computer algorithm designs the questions, which takes previous answers into account, and cuts out repetitive or irrelevant questions.

For example, if a patient reports…

Read the FULL STORY on The Wall Street Daily

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