The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to transform healthcare delivery at an unprecedented pace. An increasingly diverse set of smart devices and communication-enabled sensors is bringing hospitals greater awareness of the medical devices, equipment, clinicians, staff and patients in their care delivery environments. They also are generating a wealth of data that they can use to re-engineer delivery models to become more dynamic, efficient and responsive to patient needs—driving lower costs and higher patient satisfaction.
The ability to unlock the tremendous potential of IoT solutions and data requires the right approach and the right set of tools and technologies. Such solutions go beyond real-time visibility—empowering hospitals to analyze vast quantities of information collected via devices and sensors and, more importantly, to develop a strategic framework for applying those insights to enhance care delivery.
Executive management, especially the hospital CIO, is playing a central role in providing a platform for an organization to interpret and take action on IoT data. When massive stores of seemingly disparate data can be displayed visually—with intuitive tables, charts and graphs—what emerges is a clear picture of operational inefficiencies and process improvement opportunities.
In this paper, STANLEY Healthcare explores the transformational role of the IoT in healthcare operations, with examples of significant progress already underway, and points to exciting new opportunities on the horizon for hospital executive management with the vision and will to capture them.