Is a Single Connectivity Platform the Right Call for IoT in Healthcare? Experts Weigh In.


The integration of the IoT in healthcare is revolutionizing the way we perceive patient care, offering an unprecedented level of data accessibility and fluidity between patients and their providers. In fact, new studies show that this Industry 4.0 evolution is being eagerly adopted by healthcare IT and OT decision makers to great results

Eseye’s second annual survey of 500 senior healthcare IoT decision-makers in the UK and US revealed that 80% of respondents anticipate a significant increase in IoT devices in healthcare and medical fields over the next 18 months. Meanwhile, nearly half of respondents see the adoption of IoT as a means to enhance profit and reduce costs, despite the perception that the technology is still in its early stages of integration. Looking ahead, a whopping 97% of decision-makers plan to increase their IoT budgets over the next two years, affirming the growing importance of IoT in the healthcare and medical devices industry.

While this positive perception of IoT in healthcare is an encouraging signal that Industry 4.0’s healthcare benefits have a high ceiling, Eseye’s survey brought an interesting wrinkle to light: 37% of IoT decision-makers say that they need a single IoT connectivity platform for all of their devices. How accurate is that strategy for success for IoT in healthcare? Joel Polanco, Industry Engagement Manager at Intel, breaks down his most important takeaways from the survey and gives his take on single-platform IoT strategies.


Joel’s Thoughts

“After reading this report on IoT, I had a few takeaways, and I loved how the report was structured and some of the information that we got out of it is very helpful to me and my industry group. One of the things that I saw that was prominently pointed out was 80% of folks that were surveyed are prioritizing IoT efforts, and I think this is amazing because this enables the free flow of data between a patient and their provider. You know, if you think about healthcare over the years, a lot of times data is just captured on the patient when they go in for care, and usually that data ends up showing that there’s an issue, and so you’re really dealing with things after the fact.

You know, I think in the future, if we’re taking more diagnostic information over time on a patient, you know, and doing holistic care, you’re going to catch things a lot easier. You’re going to catch them a lot sooner, and you’re going to deal with them before they become a real problem, and I think IoT, enabling IoT in healthcare is going to be a huge driver of driving down costs of healthcare in the United States.

One of the things that I saw that got pointed out was a lot of folks felt like the key to success was that we needed, there was some sense of, we needed a single platform for IoT connectivity. So, this is probably coming from the healthcare side. These are the folks that are trying to implement these systems, are saying, hey, we’d like to have one single platform of IoT that we can implement our products on or services, and 37% of those surveyed feel like a single platform, regardless of supplier, would make IoT initiatives more successful.

And here’s my hot take. I think that’s absolutely not the way to go. I think open ecosystems have more flexibility, more flexibility to change, allowing for a greater variety of services or apps compared to closed ecosystems. If you go with a single platform, regardless of supplier, you’re opening up a problem, potential problem for a monopoly to form, and there’ll be very little innovation. I think you want to push for open and secure ecosystems, and that will always benefit the consumer.”

Article written by Daniel Litwin.


Follow us on social media for the latest updates in B2B!



Breaking the Cycle and Inspiring Others
July 23, 2024

Nowadays, the traditional path to education is being questioned more than ever and there are numerous stories that provide a beacon of hope for those considering alternative routes. As the number of adults without a high school diploma reaches nearly 22 million in the United States, the importance of understanding and embracing non-traditional education…

Read More
School Safety and Regulatory Compliance
Approaching Safety and Regulatory Compliance with Intent and Purpose
July 23, 2024

In this episode of School Safety Today by Raptor Technologies Michelle Dawn Mooney sat down with special guest, Carrie Mockler, the Vice President of Operations at PublicSchoolWORKS, a Raptor Technologies company. PublicSchoolWORKS is a fully automated, all-in-one learning management system for online training for school staff and a comprehensive risk management program. Key Takeaways: •…

Read More
The Power of Self-Compassion in Leadership and Cognitive Diversity Can Transform Workplaces
July 23, 2024

Mental health and a sense of belonging are critical issues in today’s workplaces. So much that it is essential to practice self-compassion and form a better understanding of cognitive diversity. Leaders today must navigate the complexities of fostering connection and reducing isolation among their teams. Recent studies indicate that 40 percent of employees feel…

Read More
Knox Kronenberg
Passion, Nature, and Fine Art Photography with Knox Kronenberg
July 23, 2024

In the ever-evolving world of fine art photography, capturing the intersection of the old and the new is both a challenge and an art form in itself. Knox Kronenberg, a prominent photographer based in Austin, Texas, embodies this intersection through his work, which uniquely blends historical elements with modern contexts. As technology advances and…

Read More