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Healthcare IoT Community Provides Implementation Guidelines

Healthcare IoT can be complex to deploy, so organizations have the option to use resources tailor made for healthcare IoT deployments.

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By Elizabeth O'Dowd

- The Internet of Things (IoT) Community announced the formation of its healthcare IoT Center of Excellence (CoE). The CoE will be led by vendors including Zebra Technologies and Cerner along with health IT professionals.

The CoE aims to use IoT application for healthcare services and provide best practices for healthcare IoT applications that will include:

  • Learning portal and knowledge platform
  • CoE content approach
  • Live conferences and on-demand dissemination of thought leadership

The initial areas of coverage that form the CoE pillars are:

  • Health care provider strategy
  • Personal health management
  • Big data and analytics
  • Underserved communities
  • Venture capital for health care startups

“We are delighted to announce the formation of our HIoTCoE, to be led by industry veterans,” said IoT Community Executive Director David Hill. “We are working to create the framework that can provide a meaningful pathway for health care providers and institutions implementing IoT products and services, assisting them to get things right the first time, without compromising security, privacy and other inhibiting barriers. This CoE will share expertise and knowledge in the health care IoT domain, leading to significantly better patient outcomes.”

Many healthcare organizations are seeking out IoT solutions to stay connected and communicate patient data. IoT devices that are interconnected will improve patient monitoring, patient outcomes, and decrease errors, according to a recent Research and Markets report.

“[Healthcare organizations] are looking at how to make themselves more agile,” Red Hat Director of Healthcare Craig Klein told HITInfrastructure.com. “Looking at all the changes that have happened and are happening in healthcare, organizations need to figure out a way to be able to stay as flexible and mobile as they possibly can.”

IoT will help organizations become more agile because they can deploy any number of networked devices that can remotely monitor patients or even monitor on-site equipment. These devices give organizations deeper insight into patients and operations allowing them a better view of their organization as a whole.

Devices constantly monitoring different aspects of the hospital as a business from patient health to infrastructure activity, can adjust their resources to meet certain needs and give them a way to expand their network as it inevitably grows.

 A community that will provide a framework for healthcare organizations to follow will help organizations plan and build out their IoT strategies. Once an initial plan is made using the resources, organizations can begin to fine tune their approach to their individual needs.

Organizations may also be able to give feedback and contribute to the group to help other healthcare organizations build out their own IoT strategies and advise on how to avoid common mistakes, so they can get their ideal IoT deployment up and running smoothly as soon as possible.

“The IoT Community plays a critical role in the advancement of IoT, which opens the door to a spectrum of exciting new health care digital applications,” IoT Community Advisory Board Chairman Bill Mortimer said in a statement. “Our members count on us to be at the forefront of this domain to leverage technology in support of their evolving business models, from finding new cures for diseases to drastically improving patient experiences and quality of life.”

“Active participation in the IoT Community helps providers serve the innovative needs of our members at scale. As we start to hone in on industry-specific applications of IoT and connect the health care industry providing a backbone of thought leadership, we welcome Zebra and Cerner’s addition to our health care-focused corporate member roster and look forward to announcing the complete framework, additional members and updates to our other four active CoEs very soon.”

As health IT technology continues to evolve, organization can benefit from using resources and joining groups or communities that promote the advancement of different technologies. Figuring out a solution using trial and error is a learning process, but that takes time that many organizations don’ have to spare. Learning from others and sharing can help the healthcare industry as a whole develop and adopt advanced technology faster.

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