Demand for connected medical devices has dramatically increased as the healthcare industry works to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic.
The need to “social distance” has altered our lives and stimulated demand for services and technologies that did not see widespread use before Covid-19 swept the globe. One example? The surging need for connected medical devices in healthcare systems worldwide.
Connected medical devices are already helping fight Covid-19
In the fight against Covid-19, connected medical devices play an important role in minimizing the risk of infection for healthcare professionals. Remote monitoring of patient vital signs, for instance, reduces the need for face-to-face interactions.
Consider how Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center (SPHCC) used VivaLNK’s continuous temperature sensors and Cassia’s connected network management to remotely monitor the body temperature of Covid-19 patients in real time. The combination of these connected medical devices removes mercury thermometers from the equation, making the treatment of patients with highly contagious diseases safer for frontline workers.
Telehealth practices and connected medical devices are also important tools for the routine care of patients with chronic diseases, especially during these challenging times. At-home telehealth medical devices, such as Fora’s multiple monitoring system, help patients monitor blood pressure and glucose levels from home, as well as receive care from doctors through cloud platforms.
What does the future look like for connected medical devices?
Connected medical devices are not new to the healthcare industry. In fact, 60% of healthcare organizations worldwide introduced some type of connected medical device or IoT in 2017. But surging demand for contactless healthcare in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic has raised the profile of telehealth, and increased demand for connected medical devices.
The use of connected technologies is also going to help the elderly as focus turns to improving the quality of independent living and wellness. Limitations, both in regard to this population’s mobility and the number of caregivers, are factors that play into the benefits of leveraging connected medical devices to provide remote healthcare.
As it turns out, millennials also favor telehealth. A survey conducted in 2017 showed 40% of millennials view telehealth as an “extremely or very important option” when they make healthcare decisions. And, as the largest demographic group in the United States, millennials hold a lot of sway over the direction of the healthcare industry. Looking forward, the healthcare industry will likely tailor to their preferences and incorporate more connected medical devices to up service levels.
Summing it up
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is driving demand for connected medical devices worldwide. As demographics change and more advanced technology becomes available, connected medical devices will play increasingly important roles in the healthcare industry.