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Globally the surge of healthcare attention in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgency in the development of solutions to be prepared for global healthcare emergencies.  At the forefront of revolutionary changes for the medical Industry is IoT- The Internet of Things- which has already proven tremendous benefit in the healthcare industry facilitating scanners, monitors, and services to track, detect and alert patient health.  By 2020 the number of healthcare devices using IoT technologies is expected to reach 808 million.

It is not surprising to see in the current Covid-19 climate that the global IoMT (Internet of Medical Things) Healthcare Market is set to witness a vigorous growth of 39% from $72.5 billion in 2020 to a staggering $188.2 billion by 2025.   The foremost influences on such growth are presented in the need to provide efficient, high-quality services with high patient satisfaction, reduction of admissions, and where possible remote monitoring, consultation, and diagnosis.

What Developments Are Happening Now, Exactly?

It is undeniable, Cloud Networks have revolutionised the quick deployment of IoT architectures and solutions.  Since the COVID-19 Pandemic infiltrated the globe, medical facilities have experienced service disruptions for communicable patients resorting to telephone methods of consultation.  A survey conducted by the World Health Organisation revealed among the countries reporting service disruptions, globally 58% of countries are now using telemedicine to replace in-person consultations.

Microsoft has recently announced the availability of the FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) standard on Azure.  The Cloud Network enables service to scale health data and technologies, improve interoperability and efficiency in the medical world.   Allowing data to be easily integrated and deployed, the FHIR standard delivers a vision into the capabilities of the interconnection of data from IoMT devices to use cases like remote patient monitoring on SMART devices from home, digital diagnosis records, telehealth, and clinical trialing.

The introduction of Wi-Fi 6, onto 6E capabilities in correspondence with the virus, has revealed glimpses into the possibilities to manage the growing expansion of data in large hospital facilities, providing increased bandwidth and faster speeds that can process larger file sizes and additional connections.

Artificial Intelligence to Transform IoMT

As we are already in the development of an augmented doctor-patient efficiency in providing medical data from home, the next possibilities of IoMT are heading toward machine-to-machine learning and AI-powered devices that can automate clinical support, symptom treatment, and surgery.

In a time of uncertainty, the future of IoT possibilities has the potential to be limitless. As the integration of solutions develop, so does the steps to an increasingly connected, economical, and sustainable world. The healthcare Industry’s future is one of many to reap the prospects of IoT transformation.