IoT is driving the rapid growth of digital healthcare in the UK
The NHS is suffering major delays in elective procedures due to the pandemic. This means that the proportion of individuals who are satisfied with the quality of NHS care has fallen to around 71%, and only 53% are satisfied with how the healthcare system currently works.
The good news is that the government is focusing on investing more in our health services, with health technology in particular as a priority. The Spending Review 2021 announced a significant increase in health spending, with daily spending in 2024/25 expected to be 13% higher in real terms than in 2021/22. In fact, by 2024/25, daily spending on health will account for 39% of total daily spending on public services, up from 29% in 2009/10. IoT enables healthcare professionals to be more proactive
From a technological perspective, IoT enables better healthcare solutions and services. Today, IoT enables healthcare professionals to be more vigilant and proactively connect with patients. Data collected from wearable IoT devices can help doctors determine the best treatment process for patients and achieve better outcomes. In hospitals, IoT device sensors are used to track the real-time location of medical equipment such as wheelchairs, defibrillators, nebulizers, oxygen pumps, and other monitoring equipment.
With limited hospital visits, remote patient monitoring (RPM) and telecare services have increased during the pandemic, and instead of returning to face-to-face appointments for monitoring or support, the use of RPM and telecare is expected to continue on this trajectory. The goal of most healthcare providers is to connect healthcare to every home that needs it, which is more than most of us realize. For example, one in three people worldwide suffers from hypertension, a condition that requires good daily monitoring to prevent serious illness.