At the Gartner Symposium IT Expo 2015 in Orlando, Florida, the Device Mesh tops the list as the Top 10 Strategic Technological Trends of 2016. The advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT) impacts nearly every aspect of business and commerce, and the healthcare industry is no exception.
Sometimes referred to as Medical Mesh, its applications can be beneficial in both implementing preventative care protocols and monitoring managed care services across the broad spectrum of healthcare specialties.
With nearly unlimited possibilities, the Device Mesh is allowing the healthcare industry to explore a new medical frontier where physicians and nursing staff can track patient progress and disease progression in real-time through instantaneous access to digital records.
Device Mesh Defined
Today’s average consumers are growing increasingly dependent on smart phones, tablets, in-vehicle navigational systems, smart home technology, and even wearables like smart watches and Google Glasses. Meanwhile, local governments and businesses are utilizing IoT to improve the quality of life for its citizens. Digital tolling through vehicle-attached transponders are replacing physical toll booths to expedite traffic flow, and traffic cams appear on new street corners every day to monitor and track congestion patterns.
As these numbers of connection points from the consumer to the Internet continue to increase, the result is a mesh-like web of connectivity that is always present and consistent. Now, devices can connect not only to the Internet but to one another, as well. Users can connect household appliances to smart phones, smart phones to laptops, and navigational systems to company databases. But, with the surge in popularity of wearable devices and virtual reality, the healthcare industry stands on the threshold of a new age in quality medical care and prevention.
Benefits of Device Mesh for the Healthcare Industry
The wearables devices industry first began with the smart watch and wristbands, quickly expanding into new markets involving smart glasses, shoes, belts, and even jewelry. Thanks to the Device Mesh, healthcare providers can now utilize wearable, ingestible, or surgically implanted technology to gain significant advantages and benefits in patient care, such as:
Collect data regarding blood pressure, glucose levels, heart rate variability, respiratory rates, and even body temperature.
Detect falls or injuries.
Monitor insulin levels of Diabetes patients.
Monitor T-cell counts and viral loads of HIV patients.
Track dietary and body weight fluctuations.
Monitor the effects of new medications.
Warn patients when in the early stages of a stroke or heart attack.
Track sleep patterns, and so much more.
Nearly 25% of U.S. consumers currently own some sort of wearable device, but not everyone is fully embracing the new technology. While privacy issues regarding the security of sensitive personal information are among the primary concerns, most consumers do not have this same level of fear regarding the healthcare industry.
Users tend to worry about what the government might do with their personal information, but they already trust the medical profession to ensure complete privacy.
As a result, the healthcare industry has a significant advantage over other areas of business and commerce when it comes to wearable technology and the Device Mesh. Consumer trust is already built-in. The healthcare industry simply needs to make the next move.