IT Companies are providing security and IoT network solutions for more and more healthcare clients. The Internet of Things (IoT) expedites healthcare delivery. Additionally, you’re going to see increased accuracy and record-keeping. The only downside to modern IoT integration is security and MSP solutions are quickly covering gaps that result from new tech.
IT companies understand there are several reasons for vulnerabilities. These reasons include legacy equipment, uninformed individuals operating equipment, legacy software, and over-complicated networks that are impossible to fully monitor. All these problems can be overcome by a Managed Services Provider (MSP), making it possible for healthcare industries to experience the substantial benefits IoT solutions provide. Four notable ones include:
- Inventory management
- Healthcare workflow optimization
- Medical device integration
- Protection of high-risk patients
IT companies can help healthcare facilities keep track of and allocate inventory resources more cohesively via IoT. Many retail industries have already paved a trail here, allowing medical institutions to simply appropriate their best practices. MSPs are, again, instrumental in doing this quickly as well as effectively. As it turns out, many organizations in healthcare have yet to fully employ such solutions. This is a great way to get an edge up on competitive healthcare facilities while cutting operational costs and providing better care for your patients.
HEALTHCARE WORKFLOW OPTIMIZATION
You can continuously track RFID tags, wristbands, and ID badges, detailing daily employee routes as well as daily equipment routes. Programs can automatically suggest optimization solutions which can be accepted or discarded as necessary. Certainly some physicians will need more elasticity in operations, but there are certain support personnel whose activities can be optimized cost-effectively.
MEDICAL DEVICE INTEGRATION WITH IT COMPANIES
Have you heard of the “Fitbit”? A Fitbit is a consumer device worn on the wrist which catalogs daily fitness routines and uploads them to the cloud, allowing you to see a record of your physical development over time. In the healthcare industry, there are many devices of this kind which can be seamlessly integrated into operations. Some examples include glucometers, blood pressure cuffs, and tech which collects information pertaining to vital signs. Such devices can expand operational effectiveness while simultaneously facilitating optimization.
PROTECTION OF HIGH-RISK PATIENTS LIKE NEWBORNS
Medical device integration leads to specific protections. Imagine if a certain vital dropped into “the orange” from “the green. ” The physician concerned with the patient would be immediately notified of this on his or her mobile device. Now, imagine if that notification went out to a dozen qualified personnel, and the first one to respond on the device checks in on the patient. Physicians busy with other patients can continue their work, and an issue that may be life-ending can be prevented. When it comes to patients on life-support and newborn babies— especially premature babies— monitoring could be the only thing that keeps them alive.
UPGRADING YOUR HEALTHCARE FACILITY
IT companies can simultaneously save your healthcare facility money while optimizing operations and providing better patient services. You’ll need to secure your IoT networks, though. MSP support through ION247 can provide just that. Contact us to boost your healthcare institution into the modern world.
*Blog post updated September 28, 2020.