Daniel Johnston discusses how connected medical devices can support clinicians and the value this will bring to healthcare organisations.
The COVID pandemic has shown the urgent need for the benefits promised by digital transformation – such as increased operational productivity to meet demand; improved patient engagement; and greater support to clinicians working under pressure. The integration of medical devices has an important role to play in achieving these goals.
Over the last decade the Internet of Things (IoT) has become a reality, with many things becoming connected and talking to each other automatically. The public have been rapid adopters where they have seen obvious and immediate benefits. Smart speakers like Amazon Echo with Alexa, and wearable health monitors such as Fitbit and iWatch, have become integrated into our daily lives.
Personal experience of useful realworld examples of IoT has also created an expectation from the general population when they interact with healthcare. The IoT within the clinical context of providing patient care represents a significant expansion of an already complex series of interrelated and dynamic relationships between people, technology and processes that is effectively appraised within the concept of a sociotechnical system.
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