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The healthcare industry is embracing Internet of Things technology. 60% of healthcare organizations have already introduced IoT into their infrastructure – The third highest adoption rate of any industry. According to a recent study by Hewlett Packard subsidiary Aruba, in just two years, 87% of healthcare organizations will have adopted Internet of Things technology.
The study revealed that the most common area where IoT is being utilized is for patient monitoring and maintenance. 73% of surveyed healthcare executives said they used IoT in this area, while 42% said this was the main use for IoT. The healthcare industry leads the way in this area with the highest adoption rate of any industry sector. 64% of respondents said they use IoT for patient monitors, 56% use IoT for energy meters, and 33% use IoT for imaging devices.
Remote operation and control was the second most common use of IoT, used by 50% of providers, while the third most common use is for location-based services, with adoption at 47%.
The benefits of IoT are clear. 80% of healthcare executives said IoT has improved innovation, 76% said visibility across their organization has improved, while 73% said they have enjoyed cost savings following the introduction of IoT.
57% of respondents believe workflow productivity will improve as a result of the adoption of IoT, resulting in considerable cost savings. 36% believe IoT will create new business models, while 27% said the use of IoT technology would improve collaboration with colleagues and patients.
However, there are disadvantages to introducing IoT. Adoption of IoT brings additional security risks, with healthcare organizations finding security a major headache. 89% of healthcare organizations that have adopted IoT said they have suffered a security breach as a result, while 49% said malware was an issue.
Even with the potential risks, healthcare organizations believe the benefits of Internet of Things technology outweigh the disadvantages.
While the benefits are considerable, any healthcare organization that has adopted IoT must implement appropriate safeguards to keep networks secure and prevent the devices from being used for malicious activities.
Chris Kozup, vice president of marketing at Aruba, said “If businesses do not take immediate steps to gain visibility and profile the IoT activities within their offices, they run the risk of exposure to potentially malicious activities.”