Increasing use of digital technology has also led to electronic medical records (EMR) producing non-standardized, disparate data, making IoT sensors difficult to manage. The task of systems integration is so difficult that each separate institution continues to use its own EMR.
- “Improving healthcare interoperability is a top priority for health systems, clinicians, patients, and even legislators,” said Dan Soule, vice president of product management at HealthCatalyst, a data and analytics company that works with healthcare companies. As healthcare is slow to change, the complexity of integrating IoT — since the IoT marketplace features a plethora of different devices, vendors, and operating systems — is a major challenge.
- Follow these three steps to make the best of IoT in healthcare:
1. Seek interoperability
Move towards the goal of standardized data by demanding interoperability from the vendors. The government and industry are also pushing for the same.
2. Make network collaboration your goal
Using cloud-based network collaboration platforms get hundreds of APIs into different healthcare and IoT systems. This can help save on integration costs.
3. Keep operational workflows on priority
It can be uneasy. But there is no alternative to learning new processes. Operational workflow should be the focus. To interoperate healthcare institutions, clinics, medical practitioners, and patients as all have set systems to be followed, is no cake-walk.