The “medical IoT” has been booming. In 2020 it will continue to boom.
IoT-driven medical solutions will continue to improve how we provide and consume healthcare services, making them cheaper, more efficient, and more humane. The effects of this may well be the most dramatic in the United States, where the healthcare system satisfies few and represents a divisive political problem. But the effects will make themselves felt across the world.
Across the world, sensor-driven connected technology will move procedures out of top-heavy institutions like hospitals and into our homes. Such technology, with its data-sharing capabilities, will make possible real-time monitoring of blood pressure, blood sugar levels, heartbeat patterns, and more.
Vigilance will be required to ensure that this monitoring technology doesn’t become surveillance technology. The security of such devices is also a real issue. That said, the upside of these breakthroughs is enormous. They have the potential to make care cheaper, less bureaucratized, and generally more accessible. AI applications offering at-home medical diagnoses may make doctor visits less necessary. Power will likely shift from the medical institution to where it should be: the patient.
Last but not least, the data that connected tech generates promises to drive research breakthroughs.