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IoT Healthcare Industry Predictions for 2019

By Ken Briodagh
December 27, 2018

As 2018 wraps, everyone in the IoT and Healthcare industries are getting focused on the possibilities coming in 2019. A few folks have sent in their predictions and expectations for trends that will develop or mature in 2019 and we’d like to share them with you below.

Of course, all of you should register now for the upcoming IoT Evolution Health Conference, which will run January 29 to February 1 and will look at many developing Healthcare IoT trends in depth.

Gianfranco Lanci, President and COO, Lenovo
AI is reducing emergency waiting room times, enabling remote personalized health care delivery and monitoring, offering the availability and accessibility of critical hardware and even freeing up doctors’ time by detecting and diagnosing tumors. These advancements are literally saving lives.

Mike Monteith, CEO and Franco Castaldini, Chief Commercial Officer, ThoughtWire
Digital healthcare and remote monitoring become smarter, more accessible in 2019.

Access to care remains a critical challenge, especially in remote areas that lack adequate resources to provide quality medical care. In addition, with a growing aging population suffering from chronic diseases, there are increasing pressures on the healthcare system to find new ways to be more productive and efficient.

The Smart Hospital has the potential to improve quality of care, population health and increase system efficiency and reduce health care costs, through fully integrated systems and medical devices to optimize workflows and maximize information exchange. Through 2019, there will be continual need to integrate the many “siloed” systems in hospitals to be able to match up to pace to the growing patient and system demands.

In terms of remote monitoring, wearables will become more common applications in healthcare as another large source of patient data, but only on a localized delivery level with specific and targeted patient populations. Major strides in utilizing personalized health data and self-management of chronic diseases through wearables have already demonstrated the potential to increase access to care, enable a more proactive approach to providing care and prevent hospital readmissions. Receiving notifications and information at the point of care will provide more actionable insights and allow for more informed decision making that can improve the quality of care delivered. As the wearable and remote monitoring technology becomes cheaper, therefore more accessible, population health will begin coming more into the forefront putting a strong focus on primary care and preventative care.

Digital healthcare is on the cusp of capitalizing on ‘Opportunity’

Organizations are starting to discover the true potential of digital twins and their ability to bring together data from, not only clinical and IT, but building systems. Furthermore, the orchestration of comprehensive operational intelligence drives additional use cases. The convergence of building system intelligence and healthcare operations will reveal additional opportunities to optimize patient flow, energy management and sustainability initiatives.

In 2019 and beyond, healthcare providers will use data and analytics to create a single source of truth for the hospital that can bring together all of the data that exists within their environment to not only drive operational outcomes but also better patient outcomes. It has to be both, in order to achieve the hospital of the future you need to integrate and correlate data from a variety of systems including clinical systems, building systems, IT and OT systems, and connected devices.

What’s more, an interesting emerging trend is how operational data and patient data is influencing each other. Many organizations have been approaching the usage of operational data and patient data in the same manner that they have looked at all their health information systems - siloed, fragmented. This school of thought should lean more on the model of healthcare in general - the holistic view.

As the interplay between the physical building space and the health information systems becomes abundantly clearer, through more data and analysis, use cases that target both systems will certainly become a focus. This is because of how everyone, from operations to management to end users, will be able to not only envision the benefits, but also be able see those benefits be realized in a quicker manner – slashing the time to implementation for enhanced and optimized workflows.


The IoT Evolution Expo, and collocated events, IoT Evolution Health, LPWAN Expo, The Smart City Event, and IIoT Conference, will take place Jan. 29 to Feb 1 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Visit IoTEvolutionExpo.com to register now.

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