A Burgeoning Development
MSP tech solutions already feature IoT technology, but not as widely as they are poised to. Current estimates are that within the next five years, IoT tech will account for 25 billion devices. That’s more than three devices per individual worldwide, statistically speaking. Already, almost everybody has at least one IoT device— a smartphone.
The Internet of Things is expanding for several reasons:
- It’s convenient
- It’s got that element of snazzy interest to it which recommends it
- It’s stylish. When you can control your home security system, thermostat, car, fridge, lighting, and whatever else you’ve got hooked up to the web from the swipe of a screen on a smartphone, that’s just downright cool.
- IoT tech allows for data collection and subsequent processing in levels never possible in recorded history. The effect on supply chains alone is positively revolutionary.
- IoT has a huge propensity to revolutionize the healthcare industry, thus establishing it as staple technology of any modern hospital.
Healthcare applications of IoT will very soon, if some hospitals haven’t already put these things into practice, include:
- Remote monitoring
- Healthcare and wellness programs
- Administrative process reduction and savings facilitation
- Wearable technology for diverse purposes
These represent only the “tip of the iceberg.” Through IoT application, patients can be monitored remotely wherever they happen to be. This can be useful in many ways. Patients who are on the edge of disaster can be pulled back from the brink. High-risk patients violating the terms of their stay at a hospital can be controlled. Problems can be snuffed out before they start, in effect.
When it comes to healthcare and wellness, IoT devices can help monitor patients and drive them on to meet goals. To get your head around it, think of smartwatches, which already monitor healthy activity and can be set to ring an alarm when it’s time for an individual to get some exercise.
MSP tech which can help utilize IoT for administration complication reduction will save healthcare facilities time and money, as well as ensuring greater accuracy in data processing.
Finally, while wearable technology was briefly mentioned earlier, with IoT, there will likely eventually become applications of such tech which have a surgery element to them. Right now, there are contact lens applications, heart devices, brain implants, RFID chips, and DIY hacking which use IoT devices to monitor the body and help individuals avoid sickness/injury while simultaneously self-diagnosing issues, “smart” tattoos, and likely an infinite number of such quasi-cyborg applications.
Many IoT innovations will require healthcare facilities for “installation,” “maintenance,” and “troubleshooting.” Through wearable IoT technology, the healthcare industry is, in many ways, poised to merge with the IT industry such that the relationship between MSP and healthcare provider may soon be less service provision/client and more partner/partner.
We’re not quite to the partner/partner stage, however, and until that time, one of the most important things to take into consideration as pertains to IoT is security. Hackers who would steal from your computer are just as likely to steal biologically-dependent IoT data, as well as manipulate it. Imagine a hacker setting someone’s heart device off or scrambling a contact lens connected to a pair of sunglasses replacing a smartphone while that individual drives.
IoT security is paramount, as IoT will revolutionize the industry one way or another and it will continue to require protection. As a matter of fact, that need will increase. Already, IoT hacking is defining the industry. But since the convenience and life-saving nature of the Internet of Things is likely to continue this technological innovation’s outward growth, the only real solution is for organizations to adapt with the times, and work with professionals who are continuously on the cutting edge of IoT technology and security.
MSP tech which can provide such solutions for healthcare facilities now will be operating ahead of the curve. It’s an “everybody wins” situation. If your MSP hasn’t gotten on the IoT train yet, it makes sense to do so now, especially for healthcare clients.