Internet-of-Things (IoT) is taking healthcare to a newer height in terms of the efficacy of the technology itself, throughout the world. The UAE has always welcomed technology as a development tool, and integrated it into its massive ecosystem for the ultimate reforms. That’s how digital- transformation is reshaping the UAE across industries. In the healthcare sector, too, the country is undergoing an innovative transformation – state-of-the-art hospitals, monitoring, controlling of critical health-related risk factors, public-health surveillance, patients- monitoring on a remote basis, are a few areas where Internet-of-Things (IoT) taking the charge. Let’s analyze how IoT technology is helping the healthcare sector in the UAE-
Internet-of-Things for Patients
The sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 has increased the demand for wearable IoT devices that connect patients to the medical fraternity. The IoT devices are wearable that provides a comfortable mode for patients to monitor their health and fitness quotients. Fitness bands, for example, and other connected devices that are wireless in form, allow patients to get personalized attention – devices like monitoring cuffs that measure blood pressure, heart rates, glucometers, and similar ones as well!
These IoT devices help to remind calorie-counts, checking exercising regimen, an appointment with doctors, timely actions for any variation in blood pressure and so many more. The UAE is seeing a huge spurt in the usage of IoT devices that vouch for 24*7 real-time health monitoring like heart monitoring, blood pressure, etc., and promising an extraordinary experience for patients and users.
Internet-of-Things for Physicians
The medical fraternity, doctors, nurses, physicians can keep track of the health of patients, especially in these trying times of COVID when people are confined at homes respectively. The age group mostly encompassing children and old people are prone to the coronavirus and the country is full alarmed by the situation adopting the maximum potential of the digital capabilities of IoT.
IoT is acting as an enabler in the healthcare sector where the technology is allowing physicians and other medical people to attend to patients in an emergency or otherwise. Using wearables, using home monitoring equipment which is embedded with the IoT technology, medical people like physicians, doctors or nurses can keep track of the health of patients effectively. They happen to be more watchful, alert concerning treatment plans, or any urgent medical attention. The IoT devices help to provide relevant data that doctors or physicians use to identify the most appropriate treatment process for a patient, and thereby reaching the desired outcomes.
Internet-of-Things for Hospitals
The UAE is very particular when infrastructure is concerned. And digitally enabling the infrastructure is what leads to the adoption of the latest technologies in the healthcare segment. The Internet-of-Things (IoT), facilitates the adequate deployment of all the medical staff at various locations that can be analyzed in real-time.
Besides the monitoring of patients’ health and well-being, the IoT devices together with the sensor-based system do the tracking function – tracking the real-time locations of wheelchairs, nebulizers, defibrillators, oxygen-pumps, and much other medical equipment.
Internet-of-Things in Health Insurance
The UAE can utilize the immense capability of an IoT device in the insurance segment as well. Health insurers and companies take data that are captured by various health monitoring devices. They use these data for their underwriting as well as claim operations. Moreover, all these data help them to detect, to find, fraud claims and also to identify the genuine prospects.
Even customers can have a seamless experience in the health insurance process because of pure visibility, and a reward system that happens to be a too alluring offer from the side of insurers or insurance companies. The insurance companies give incentives to customers for using certain Iot devices, keeping track of their general health parameters, routine activities, adherence to their respective treatment plans as well as taking precautionary health measures. All these data help in validating claims and authenticity purposes.
The UAE is willing to adopt digital technologies and utilizing the inherent capabilities of digital tools like the Internet-of-Things (IoT). Be it in hospitals where IoT helps controlling infections, or in asset management such as pharmacy, inventory control, environmental monitoring, to check if the temperature of refrigerators is perfectly normal, the technology is helping the healthcare sector on a massive scale. Especially in the times of the current pandemic, IoT is doing every bit of function to check that elderly and the patients get timely treatment via alert mechanisms and other inherent capabilities.
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