Would you believe that doctors will soon be able prescribe a pill that patients could ingest that could collect diagnostic information and wirelessly transmit its data? Or maybe even a wearable ECG monitor that could send an early warning to the doctor well in advance of a cardiac event? The reality is that both of these solutions are already in production. And these are just a few of the many ways that IoMT technologies will revolutionize the ways that we administer and employ almost every traditional medical treatment we have been used to. The following article does a terrific job of describing how the Internet of Medical Things is changing our lives for the better.
Nowhere is the impact felt as acutely as in the healthcare sector. This year, IoT deployments will grow faster in the health arena than in any other industry. In fact, according to McKinsey, the so-called “Internet of Medical Things” (IoMT) will have a global economic impact of $1.6 trillion by 2025.
Web-enabled medical technology has the potential to be truly transformative. To understand why, you only need to consider some of the potential applications. Imagine, for instance, a “smart pill” that, once swallowed, could collect diagnostic information from inside your body, and wirelessly transmit its findings to your doctor. Or how about a wearable ECG that inconspicuously monitors your heart 24/7 and pings an early warning to your doctor days or weeks in advance of a cardiac event?