The Internet of Things (IoT) – an extension of Big Data – is estimated to become a $117 billion industry by 2020. It began with computers, then cellphones, and now has moved to watches that can monitor our active calories burned during spin class. This concept of constant and widespread internet connectivity is now moving towards everyday objects that are used in the healthcare field, like insulin pumps, implantable cardioverter/ defibrillator ,and even contact lenses. It is crazy to think that telemetry monitors, bed alarms, and pulse oximetry was just the start of this revolution we refer to as universal connectivity.
There are always positives and negatives to new technology. It all depends on how we choose to use it. The IoT has proven to have a very positive effect on the healthcare industry. Here are three ways IoT is helping healthcare today:
It is crazy to think that we are becoming so reliable on technology that we even need it to remind us to do something so simple like wash our hands. No one can predict the future, but it is pretty safe to say that Big Data is just going to keep getting bigger.