The rise of the IoT (Internet of Things) results in some exciting advancements in the 21st century. Let’s take a look at the most innovative IoT devices in medical software engineering.
#1 Devices to monitor heart rate and cardiac arrhythmia
You undoubtedly know at least one person with the band on the wrist measuring heart rate. Not every band of such kind is a medical IoT device; however, there are truly great inventions, like InfoBionic’s MoMe Kardia providing remote monitoring of cardiac arrhythmia, or Mawi Band helping people catch an abnormal heart rhythm thanks electrocardiogram.
Of course, technological giants are also here. For instance, the Apple Watch Series 4 has the functionality to monitor a user’s heart rate and alert them if it’s higher or lower than usual. All collected data is stored in the iPhone Health app.
#2 Tracker for Movement Disorders
Apple is striving to stay on or even above the curve of medical software development, pushing the limits of IoT capabilities. Along with healthcare software solutions enabling heart rate measurement, Apple Watch lets the patient monitor Parkinson’s Disease symptoms. Besides, device sensors are also used to detect the onset and duration of epilepsy seizures.
Using Research Kit API built in the Apple Watch, the device connects with the iPhone and sends collected data visualized in the graph and showcasing daily, hourly, and minute-by-minute symptom fluctuation.
#3 Measuring depressive disorder
Another step in exploring wearables capabilities is cognitive health. Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. with Cognition Kit Limited have been exploring the opportunity of creating a wearable and healthcare application development for monitoring and assessing patients with Major Depressive Disorder
This project is still a pilot, but it has already demonstrated great potential. Just like with other vital signs measurements, Apple Watch app for MDD monitoring could gather and visualize data in real-time.
Cognitive health, general wellness, and fitness are much-discussed topics, encouraging tech companies create more high-quality healthcare apps, helping people track their wellness day by day. Read an overview of top healthcare apps to learn more.
#4 Smart pills
While some opportunities in IoT and medical software engineering are still at the exploratory stage, others even sounding as sci-fi have been approved. Like the smart pill Abilify MyCite for treating schizophrenia.
This pill works almost like the regular one, but along with medicine, it has a smart sensor. Once the patient swallows the pill, and it enters the stomach, the sensor sends a signal to the mobile app, indicating the time when the medicine was taken. Approval of this technology will extend the opportunities for other medications to contain similar sensors.
Another example of swallowable capsules is PillCamTM by Medtronic. This smart pill allows getting a visualization of the digestive tract after the pill is swallowed. The imaging data is transmitted to an external viewer for analysis by the physician.
#5 Smart glucose monitoring and insulin pens
Diabetes is probably the biggest field for experimentation in terms of smart devices. To provide continual monitoring and administration of treatment the medical IoT market offers two types of solutions here: GGMs (Continuous Glucose Monitors) and smart insulin pen. CGMs, like Eversense and Freestyle Libre, help diabetics to continuously monitor their blood glucose levels and send data to an iPhone, Android or Apple Watch. Smart insulin pens – or pen caps – Gocap and Esysta, are set up to help make all the records about insulin injection.
#6 Connected inhalers
One more focus of modern smart technology is helping hundreds of hundreds of people across the world impacted by respiratory diseases. The response to this urgent need is connected inhalers linked to healthcare software solutions and providing people with insights and control over their symptoms and treatment.
Propeller Health, the biggest producer of smart inhaler technology, has created a sensor that attaches to an inhaler or Bluetooth spirometer. Once the sensor connects up to an app, it lets people with asthma better understand what’s behind their symptoms. They can also track taking medication and get the allergen forecasts. One more popular provider of products for respiratory disease management is Amiko.IO. Its primary focus is providing complete AI-powered platform.
#7 Connected contact lenses
Medical smart contact lenses are an ambitious application of the IoT paired with healthcare software solutions, yet science says we’re still far from creating lenses similar to variations featured in numerous episodes of Black Mirror series.
However, the concept has a high potential, so far. For instance, Verily, together with Alcon, is working on two smart lens programs aimed to treat presbyopia (long-sightedness) provide cataract surgery recovery. Another company Sensimed has developed Triggerfish, a noninvasive smart contact lens letting predict glaucoma early on by measuring changes in eye dimensions.
#8 Cancer diagnostics
Early diagnostics of cancer is a top priority either for leading medical research institutes or for technological medical software engineering companies. And there has been much progress so far.
For instance, researchers from the University of Michigan have been testing a device they call “the epitome of precision medicine.” These wearable devices detect cancer in circulating blood and can “filter” out cancer cells in it. Potentially, this connected device backed by reliable healthcare software solution can replace liquid biopsies.
Another smart monitoring system, known as CYCORE, combines a Bluetooth-enabled weight scale and blood pressure cuff, together with a symptom-tracking app. Daily, the device sends updates to patients’ physician, providing data on symptoms and responses to treatment.
There’s no doubt that IoT has the potential to reach every person across the world, and it becomes more possible than ever as the technology continues to advance.
If you’re working on something great related to healthcare, it might be a good reason to get connected and find out how QArea can help you with your healthcare application development. Just drop us a line with your question.
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