DURHAM, N.C. — There is a lot of talk about the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it’s changing the way healthcare is delivered.
Chris Edwards is the chief marketing officer at Validic, which recently partnered with Omnicom Health Group to counsel healthcare companies on the connected health market and to develop new solutions that integrate data from wearables, apps and clinical remote monitoring devices.
We spoke with Edwards about how what he prefers to call the Internet of healthy Things is a game-changer for the home health technology market.
HHTN: How is the home healthcare landscape changing?
Edwards: I think of it as the “more formula”—more people on the planet, more need for healthcare, more interest in self-care, more technology, more clinicians will use technology, and more family members invested in care of themselves.
HHTN: Why should providers care about the Internet of Things?
Edwards: The IoT is changing all of the stakeholders. If a provider is going to be practicing, they’re going to have to make a decision to be involved in technology or not.
HHTN: What are the current limitations to the IoT?
Edwards: Access is key, but not having to be reliant on on-site technology is also crucial. Whether it’s cellular or cloud-based, the technology that’s right in our pocket can do amazing things. The problem that many agencies have is a need to get data in an actionable way. If all they have to do is plug into a platform to get all the data they need, that makes it simple.