The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) refers to the physical devices in healthcare facilities that are connected and collect and share data.
Thanks to wireless networks, low-latency internet and cheap semiconductors, it’s now possible to turn any device into a connected device for little money. For example, a light bulb or kettle switched on using your phone is an IoT device.
In medical facilities, this is enabling the delivery of new health services and more efficient practices. For example, it allows remote diagnoses by connecting doctors with patients and sharing information between connected devices.
Enabling IoMT in healthcare with Aruba
Aruba’s connectivity solutions are playing a lead role in the development of IoTM devices across the private and public healthcare sectors.
For example, Aruba’s Wi-Fi 6 technology is designed to support hundreds of healthcare devices at the same time without impacting Wi-Fi quality. Then you have Aruba Mobility Conductor, which ensures connectivity is not impacted by unplanned outage. It does this by balancing connections across your infrastructure.
The result is wireless coverage that self-optimises the Wi-Fi client experience. This provides a reliable, consistent connection to devices on the network.
Aruba AOS-CX switches are the wired components of the network. Each AP that connects to a switch port has to be reliable. Aruba’s AOS-CX switches include software-defined intuitive management tools. They can segment traffic for wired medical devices and with Smart Rate PoE they can auto-negotiate between switch and access point.
In addition, Aruba provides integrated Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Beacons, Zigbee radios, and a USB port for any future connectivity needs.
The future of healthcare, today
IoMT is not future technology, it’s present technology. Today, IoTM is playing a crucial role in the healthcare industry to increase the accuracy, reliability and productivity of electronic devices, from medical sensors to monitoring equipment.
Here are just a few examples of IoMT devices:
- Patient monitors
- Imaging equipment
- Connected inhalers
- Ingestible sensors
- Blood pressure readers
Aruba’s technology has created a new breed of connected medical devices that allow professionals to track, trace and monitor facilities and assets through a single pane of glass and create hyper-aware smart buildings and facilities.
Here are 5 steps you need to take to enable IoTM in your facility:
- Pick the right network architecture and technology (Aruba)
- Identify the hardware you need
- Identify your network requirements
- Secure device data and develop a security policy
- Factor in contextual analytics and automation to make life easier
Of course, there is much more to implementing a successful Internet of Medical Things strategy. This blog is only an introduction. Feel free to contact us for expert advice about next-generation connected technologies. We are a leading Aruba partner.