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The smart hospital room

How IoT improves the patient experience and quality of care

November 26, 2019

The smart hospital room
According to a survey conducted by Aruba Networks, 87% of healthcare organizations have already adopted IoT devices in their operations. IoT technology is being installed in everything from X-ray and imaging devices to patient monitors, and it’s making healthcare facilities smarter.

One thing’s for sure: hospital rooms in the not too distant future will look and operate very differently than they do now. (And patients and healthcare professionals alike will be better for it.) Here are some of the ways they’re being transformed:

  • Sensor-driven lighting and climate control technology can follow patients’ natural body rhythms and allows them to monitor the room settings from their own smart device or bedside terminal. So, they can adjust the lighting, blinds and temperature on their own for maximum comfort—instead of relying on hospital staff. Not only does this technology create a more comfortable environment for patients, it also provides better working conditions for medical professionals. By pre-defining lighting sessions, hospital personnel can optimize illumination and room temperature for medical procedures and therapeutic treatments.  
  • Hospital beds equipped with IoT-enabled patient monitoring technology can track patients’ vital signs and movements—and alert nursing staff if there are any changes that could impact recovery. Bed sensors also alert hospital staff when a bed is free, significantly cutting down wait times in emergency rooms.  
  • Sensor-driven automatic sliding doors throughout a hospital decrease the possibility of infection by minimizing touch points. They also speed up access in situations when every moment can be critical.  
  • In the hospital rooms of the future, patients won’t be in the dark about their health information. They’ll be able to view up-to-the-second information on their health status (blood pressure, heart rate and other vitals, lab results—and even wait times to see a nurse or the attending physician) on their own mobile devices or on digital dashboards attached to their hospital beds.
Innovations like these will result in better experiences and quality of care for patients—and greater operational efficiency for hospitals, clinics and rehabilitation facilities. Given IoT’s vast potential, it’s not surprising that global healthcare spending on IoT technology will reach over $400 billion by 2022.

What about your healthcare customers?
If you want to explore the potential of IoT for the healthcare organizations you sell to, check out the IoT healthcare solutions Ingram Micro has to offer. Then, when you’re ready to talk over specific scenarios and recommendations, reach out to the IoT experts at Ingram Micro.