The Rise of IoT in Healthcare in 2018

The majority of healthcare organizations are deploying IoT technology to improve visibility and save costs. RFID-based healthcare tracking solutions can play a key role in hospitals’ digital transformation strategies.

Healthcare organizations lead the way in adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technology, leveraging this highly granular visibility solution to monitor patient status and reduce costs through better asset management.
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The IoT is going to be a critical part of digital transformation initiatives at hospitals and other facilities, and adoption will help kickstart these burgeoning projects. An IDC survey found that while only 10 percent of providers and payers are currently actively executing digital transformation, that number will reach 42 percent among providers in 2018.

Healthcare is the third most advanced industry in IoT implementation. The majority of healthcare organizations will adopt the IoT by 2019, according to a study from networking provider and Hewlett Packard Enterprise subsidiary Aruba. Sixty percent of healthcare organizations worldwide have already introduced IoT into their facilities; that number will rise to 87 percent by 2019.

However, despite the potential benefits that the IoT brings to the healthcare space – lower costs, improved efficiency, and better patient care – organizations still struggle with data security.

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The Aruba report indicates that 73 percent of organizations use IoT for monitoring and maintenance, while other users have focused on connecting medical devices to the network.

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That tracks with Xerafy’s experience in deploying RFID-based IoT solutions in healthcare. Surgical instrument tracking (SIT) solutions that use RFID to link surgical instruments to the network can improve asset visibility, ensure sterilization processes are completed, improve utilization, and reduce time and cost in the operating room.

The results Xerafy’s customers have seen also mirror the findings of the Aruba survey.  Using Xerafy’s RAIN RFID-based solutions, hospitals around the world are tracking thousands of surgical instruments. This makes it easier to track instruments before, during, and after a procedure, improving patient safety and reducing costs.

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