Healthcare services across the world are under increased pressure to provide more effective care to ageing populations, and work within constrained budgets. This is particularly true of publicly funded or subsidized health organizations like the NHS in the UK. Healthcare funding and management is under review in many advanced nations.
Like other verticals, the healthcare sector is increasingly looking at digital opportunities to find new efficiencies, better response rates and perhaps most importantly, make progress on preventative medicine. A key part of this will be the use of IoT and sensors particularly in the realm of disease prevention and lifestyle improvement. Digital technology will also be used to reduce dependence on hospital beds and create effective self-care at home, or in the workplace.
As with the automotive industry, the promise of IoT connectivity is to deliver great benefit in the future but the new data lakes created by connectivity must be protected, and hospitals (and networks) protected from hacking attacks. The data of those connected to the health system will be more critical and more vulnerable than ever. How will the healthcare industry and its providers respond to the major security challenge in the years ahead?
The Risks of Using Connected Devices in Healthcare
Case Studies: Digital Healthcare in Action
- Diabetes digital coach
- Technology integrated health management
How the Healthcare Industry Can Respond with Better Security
Will the Arrival of IoT and a Further Increase in Data Flows Make the Problem Worse?