As one of the newest and fastest growing markets the Internet of Things has become essential in product development. IoT capabilities now span all market sectors, and new applications are constantly impacting consumer, industrial, and medical products. With the shift from in-person healthcare services to digital care and home health solutions the Medical Internet of Things in particular is booming. This expansion of connectivity will continue to play a vital role in the safety and security of our healthcare systems as time goes on.
Before the Internet of Things, many aspects of patient care were limited to in-person visits and physical record keeping. IoT has enhanced so many aspects of clinical care; from sensors and RFID, to wearables and devices utilizing new diagnostic tools, the internet of things has transformed healthcare for patients and providers alike. This new paradigm has enhanced accessibility and has the ability to increase patient engagement and interaction. For patients this can mean more accurate, efficient care, reduced hospital stays and re-admissions. Greater access to patient data, can improve patient health through real-time health monitoring which increases a new spectrum of preventative care. Medical IoT has had a large impact on improved patient outcomes and also significantly reduced healthcare costs.
The advancement of Medical IoT products has opened extensive opportunities in the healthcare space with the large amount of data that has been generated by these devices. However, with enhanced data collection and connectivity between devices, the transfer of sensitive information gives rise to concern about HIIPA compliance and patient data security.
Sophisticated medical devices pose unique challenges for engineers, who have to develop highly intelligent operating systems while also implementing proper security measures. Any critical control system presents an even greater challenge. Harnessing the digital power of such complex devices to transfer, monitor and analyze data, requires experienced integrated engineering skills and an understanding ISO 13485 and 62304 standards.
Here at Nectar our seasoned engineers have experience developing medical IoT devices, requiring the integration of systems and subsystems at all levels. Many of these products utilize sensors or chemical reagents, RFID, BLE, data analytics software, algorithms, embedded operating systems with advanced user interfaces. Our user-centered design approach along with our ISO 13485 QMS, allows Nectar to handle all facets related to Medical IoT development- from device hardware, to software engineering and user interface design- to develop highly innovative devices that are safe and secure.