Powering Advances in Healthcare with the Internet of Things

February 26, 2016

In a few days the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition will kick off, February 29 – March 4.  Debuting in 1962, with 54 attendees HMISS 2016 brings together 40,000+ health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world.

Recent reports have indicated the healthcare industry is one of the most underdeveloped in IoT, due to regulatory restrictions and data security concerns. As a first timer at HIMSS, I imagine it will be packed with education, networking, an expansive exhibit hall, and most important inspiring healthcare innovations driven by the IoT and augmented reality (AR).

Providing advanced tools and creating richer experiences for customers, to offering better, more pro-active service, augmented reality (AR) is already changing the way companies create, operate and service things in the Internet of Things. Those that attended the ThingEvent last month – you already know that PTC is at the forefront with this technology, impacting the future of healthcare

Service and Operational Efficiency

Over 14,000 attendees tuned into the ThingEvent, and experienced how Sysmex, a manufacturer of medical diagnostic systems and global leader in automated hematology diagnostics is using IoT and AR to improve service and operation efficiency.  “What we see for the future is extending AR to our field service group to help them in understanding and standardizing their workflow. We expect that we will be able to help our customers perform routine and perhaps some not so routine operational tasks giving them step-by-step easy to follow instructions in getting their instrument back working to get that uptime immediately,” said Steve Postma, enterprise architect, Sysmex America.

Digital Transformation

Preventative healthcare is a huge trend and one that does not stop once you leave your doctor. “There are lots of technology capabilities built around care management. The state of the healthcare ecosystem is moving to where they are deploying these technologies and tools to help with the digital transformation,” explains Bipin Thomas, chairman of ICURO.  “How do you bring technology capabilities to the patient to get the biometric data and functional status on a real-time basis when they are not in the hospital or at their care provider? This is what is driving the need for a healthcare IoT platform that can connect with the patient and collect data for meaningful clinical decisions.

One stop I will be making next week is to visit ThingWorx partner Dell in booth #4416.  If you missed our joint #IoTChat  last week on connected healthcare, no need to fret, you can join industry experts and key influencers during one of Dell’s “tweet up” sessions taking place live from their booth.

While there in the Dell booth, I will explore game changing solutions built using the ThingWorx IoT Platform for Wellness and Prevention, Patient Monitoring, and Hospital Operations. Share your experience and transformation in healthcare by following on twitter @ThingWorx, @DellHealth.  Be sure to connect with me @MelissaDiEgidio to get the latest updates from #HIMSS16 next week.