The topic of human health is as universal and diverse as the human body itself. There are a lot of ways to think about this topic. From public health management to individual life decisions. Health topics follow us everywhere and on every device from our smartwatches to our smartphones.
If the opposite of being healthy is being sick, then the opposite of becoming sick is staying proactively healthy by choice of lifestyle and habits. This is where IoT technology and wearable devices have become a perfect marriage. The internet of things has infiltrated our everyday lives in so many ways, and wearable technology has been one of the most exciting applications.
In this blog post, we will outline the possibilities of utilizing technology to improve the human condition by means of IoT (Internet of Things) technology and IoT apps.
What is IoT Technology?
The internet of things (IoT) is the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and connectivity which enables these objects to connect and exchange data.
In a health care app context, this could be a patient wearing a wearable device that monitors their heart rate, or a hospital using sensors to track equipment.
IoT technology is connecting devices to the internet and to each other like never before. This is leading to new possibilities in many industries, including healthcare.
IoT is ultimately a way of using computers. We, as humans, commonly use computers to write text and communicate. IoT means using computers to be more present in common objects we use every day to send data to a bigger computer for further analysis. This is possible by small computers being "embedded" in those objects and attaching additional sensors to those mini-computers inside the objects.
This can be a game-changer for people suffering from chronic health conditions.
IoT Technology and Public Health
Healthcare is an industry that has been early to adopt IoT technology. There are many reasons for this, but one of the most important is that the healthcare industry is under constant pressure to drive down costs while improving public health outcomes.
IoT can help lower costs in many key ways. For example, by automating tasks that are currently done manually or by using data collected by IoT devices to make more informed decisions about care delivery. In addition, IoT can help improve patient outcomes by providing real-time data that can be used to detect potential health problems early and intervene before they become serious.
For example, IoT devices can be used to monitor patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. By monitoring things like heart rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels, IoT devices can provide data that can be used to make decisions about how to best manage a patient's care or alert professionals when a health issue arises.
IoT devices can also be used to monitor the environment in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. This data can be used to identify potential sources of infection and take steps to mitigate them.
Think of the COVID-19 pandemic. IoT technology can be used to improve overall public health in a lot of ways. One way this can be done is by using sensors to monitor environmental factors that impact the population, such as air pollution or water contamination.
Another way IoT can be used to improve public health is by using wearable devices and sensors to track the spread of disease. It can collect valuable data about the general population and trends so that officials are able to make critical decisions faster while being better informed.
The possibilities for using IoT technology in healthcare are vast and the potential benefits are endless.
IoT Technology and Personal Health
The quantified self is a popular movement that is all about tracking every aspect of your life, from your steps to your sleep, in order to improve your health and fitness. And there are now a whole host of gadgets and devices that allow you to do just that. They track our very bodies to inform us about our own patterns or invisible conditions. From blood analysis and insulin levels to the rate of heartbeat,
IoT gadgets can be health protectors, live savers, and life quality enhancers.
IoT Technology and Mobile Development
Because most of the mini-computers in the objects around us are so small, we need to connect them to bigger devices like our smartphones for them to work properly. This is where mobile developers come into play. They need to understand that mobile apps are simply links in a great chain that enables us, humans, to become healthier as a population and helps each one of us to stay on track with proactive health measures.
Because we are all individuals with different goals and biographies, the benefits of using mobile devices to improve our individual health are as diverse as we are.
This means that having a mobile developer experienced in delivering and maintaining quality IoT applications is essential. After all, people’s lives may be at stake if they aren’t.
IoT technology has the potential to greatly improve both personal and public health. By using sensors to monitor a variety of factors, the IoT can help people stay healthy on an individual and national level. Mobile devices and mobile apps are vital elements of the data pipeline to get important sensitive data about the human body to the interfaces and programs that can make sense of them.
The future of health tech is assured, and as wearable technology becomes more popular with the general public we’ll see even more advancements being made in this field.
If you are working on an IoT project in the health care sector, it is important to partner with an IoT agency that has a track record of delivering these types of projects successfully. At NineTwoThree Venture Studio, we have a team of experts who have extensive experience in the field of wearable technology and the internet of things - particularly when it comes to healthcare.
About the Author
Dennis Bosch, is a writer at Passivebasics: a Technical Newsletter for non-technical Founders. Learn the top-down basics of Web Apps, APIs, Git, Docker, ML/AI, et al. without the usual hassle. You can also follow them on Twitter @passivebasics.