IoT in Health and Social Care Report
Key takeaways from the IoT in Health and Social Care Good Practice Brief
With recent advances in technology and more favourable patient attitudes, health related Internet of Things (H-IoT) has the potential to further flourish in the coming years. Better product design – including miniaturisation of sensors and smaller batteries, alongside regulatory environment on personal data sharing and ubiquitous internet access, have been other contributing factors to the expansion of H-IoT.
H-IoT has already been playing a growing and significant role in health management in both the health and social care setting. It provides numerous advantages to citizens, health and care professionals and facilities. These are wide-ranging, from testing of treatments, actuation of medical devices, to wellbeing and fitness monitoring, which is seeing traction in the commercial space with popular apps and wearables. In combination with its numerous applications and benefits of H-IoT, adoption by medical and social care institutions is increasing.
Sensitivity of data sharing and the threat of cyber attacks is, however, a real concern for healthcare providers, industry and the public. Patient data and trust must not be compromised.
PETRAS, the university consortium exploring cybersecurity and the IoT have a number of projects which are exploring privacy in H-IoT. Here IoTUK reports on the findings of these programmes with good practice guidelines for those working in this area.