The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the connectivity and interoperability of increasingly smart objects, such as appliances, sensors, controllers, wearables, and medical devices. It extends connectivity beyond the “conventional” Internet of computers, smart phones, and tablets. The advantage of connecting these additional objects together includes being able to accumulate information from multiple sources to automate and improve/optimize processes and decision making.
As more and more devices in the world become increasingly electronic, software-enabled, intelligent, wireless, and connected, it is worth exploring how this can be leveraged in health care and health IT.
In this report, we define the IoT, outline market drivers and challenges, evaluate different IoT use cases, and give some initial considerations for how to approach IoT initiatives in your organization.