IoMT Technology Automates Vital Signs Measurement
Published on 27 Jul 2022
No one enjoys scheduling a medical visit only to discover an interminable wait at a doctor's office or clinic. However, due to a chronic shortage of healthcare professionals, these wait times are not decreasing. The good news is that IoMT (Internet of Medical Things) technology is relieving overworked employees. Powered by AI, self-service kiosks may improve the patient experience outside of the clinical environment. In certain regions of the globe, the scarcity of medical personnel may be a new issue, but in other markets, it is not.
A Superior Method for Measuring Vital Signs
Imedtac's Smart Vital Signs Station is an IoT alternative to the conventional process for measuring vital signs. This self-service kiosk calculates a patient's height, weight, temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. If required, it may be set to record other vital indicators, including blood oxygen levels. The conventional technique of assessing a patient's vital signs involves a skilled practitioner manually recording data from a variety of instruments. Imedtac kiosk, on the other hand, is a one-stop, self-service, automated solution that may save time and resources.
Initially, the patient identifies themselves to the system linked to the hospital's health information system. The station then measures the individual's height, weight, temperature, etc., and provides instructions via an easy-to-use interface. It transmits the findings automatically to the cloud so that the data may be securely linked with the patient's electronic medical record and personal health record. The whole procedure just takes a few minutes. Importantly, no healthcare practitioner involvement is required, enabling them to conduct other activities and eliminating mistakes caused by the manual transcription of vitals data.
Flexibility and Stability in Thailand's Rural Areas
In addition to hospitals and clinics, Imedtac's solutions must be compatible with local pharmacies, gyms, and even grocery shops. Understandably, help and monitoring are not always readily accessible. Therefore, they are intended for adaptability, stability, and use. Example: The company's experience in northern Thailand.
Imedtac has a partnership with Overbrook Hospital in Chiang Rai, a rural city that acts as a medical center for the neighboring people. It was a difficult deployment. Overbrook is a busy hospital where IT resources are not as easily accessible as in bigger metropolitan locations. The hospital's patient population offered an extra challenge since it featured many elderly patients and individuals who were not used to utilizing technology regularly.
The Prospects for Patient Care
Already, IoMT technology provides much-needed respite to healthcare workers. In the future, it may also directly enhance patient outcomes. Hsieh argues that solutions such as smart wards, which utilize edge AI and real-time data to streamline inpatient processes and increase drug safety, are already emerging in the near future.
In the future, hospital managers and systems integrators will use edge analytics and AI to improve critical care and surgical medicine. "This technology will be utilized in the future to combine data streams for ICU and OR staff, providing them with the information they need when they need it," explains Maio. And physicians will depend on AI to assist them to make better patient care choices. Currently and in the years to come, the healthcare industry faces several obstacles. However, the prognosis is improving due to IoMT technological advancements.
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