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How IoT can help to keep practitioners, patients and visitors connected

The NHS is under increasing pressure, waiting lists are growing longer than ever in some parts of the UK and there is a crisis in GP recruitment, the internet of things could remove some of that strain.

WiFi deployment was the first step towards connecting a network of doctors and making for an efficient NHS. In 2015 this was implemented by the government when they announced free WiFi was necessary to improve patient experience and medical treatment.

Besides the obvious of improving connectivity, WiFi can help maximise efficiencies by limiting paperwork, and help practitioners identify errors and issues more promptly. Everything the physician and patient needs can be made immediately available online, helping to eliminate the problem of lost files and paperwork.  Lack of efficiency costs the NHS huge amounts of money, missed appointments alone cost the NHS £162 million a year.

Free WiFi allows clinicians to send out appointments dates and reminders to mobile devices, which is much cheaper than the cost of calling patients or resending letters by mail. So much so, that the government hopes hospitals will be paperless by 2020.

Technological advancements can further increase efficiencies by helping patients and visitors to navigate their way around hospitals. Apps can be downloaded, giving users access to maps and information about how to get to their desired location within the hospital.

WiFi enables asset tracking, hardware such as desktops, monitors and printers, and physical items such as beds, can all be tracked providing real time, continuous visibility into location and status of fixed and moving assets within the company such as tools or stock in transit.

Wireless infrastructure and tag devices such as wrist bands ad ID badges can help hospitals manage throughput. Data can be collected from various machines, enabling companies to gain a 360-degree view of their operations including drill-down into correlated data to find the root cause of problems and to ultimately reduce operational down time.

IoT enables medical devices to be integrated, now clinicians are looking for ways to integrate fitness devices like Fitbits to bring patient provided devices into the cycle of care delivery. The vast amount of in home medical devices which are enabled on a wireless network presents a huge opportunity to do more with the data they collect, integrating those devices to collect data directly into the electronic medical record can allow for improve workflow an ease of documentation for workflow.

The journey has only just begun for IoT in the healthcare industry, innovations are constantly being brought forward, with engineers and clinicians working together to maximise efficiencies for practitioners, patients and visitors.


How can Pinacl help?

Pinacl is working more closely with developers, land owners and leaseholders to help understand and raise awareness of the available technologies and applications available to succeed in the 21st century and embrace innovative technologies. Pinacl can help with awareness and understanding of the technologies available, how to take advantage of any existing infrastructure and in guiding you through these increasingly complex areas, to build and manage a more effective Intelligent Manufacturing plants.

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