Blog Series: #IoT in Healthcare by Dr. Vikram @drvikram

The opportunity in #healthcare IoT is estimated to be $2.5 trillion by 2025. How are we embracing this change? The Types of Opportunities that present themselves to the Startups, Healthcare IT and Healthcare organisations are tremendous

During the #PhilipsChat, on the 10th April 2017, we asked the experts what they thought about the current trends and focus areas that the IT Industry, Medical Device Manufacturers, Hospitals and Startups will need to keep in view in the near and short-term while making their organisation ready for the Digital Transformation that can be and will be enabled by #IoT in Healthcare.

A great discussion ensued and that has spawned this blog series. Presenting the insights shared by Dr Vikram Venkateswaran (@drvikram) on #IoT in Healthcare #PhilipsChat.

Q1: In the near term (1-3 years), What are the top 3 innovations in IoT that can benefit healthcare?:
Dr Vikram Venkateswaran:
In my opinion, the immediate benefits are in areas where other industries have made progress: cheaper rates for Sensors, Increased security at device and sensor level. Additionally, an Increased integration of sensors and devices with EMR allowing for proactive interventions and remote monitoring for Chronic diseases.
Another aspect is Managing inventory and tagging assets are key for more hospitals, and i think that is an immediate benefit that will accrue.
To the question of, Do you think India will benefit from cheaper portable diagnostic devices or remote treatment a better stead ? asked by Divye Marwah; I would say, both patients and the hospitals will benefit.
Sukesh Kumar: Do you think #AI will help in taking healthcare to the next level?
Dr Vikram Venkateswaran: Its already happening in certain specialties like Oncology
Q2: Is an IoT based system going to be a utility or a service?
Dr Vikram Venkateswaran: Tricky one but I would say a service, with elements of a utility.

Ms. Manishree Bhattachar (@ManishreeBhatt1), Analyst with NASSCOM, “Do you think EHR implementation is a requisite, to go for a full bloom service+utility models for IoT devices?”

Dr Vikram Venkateswaran: I think so personally, without the full view of patient history, proactive intervention; depends on the care priorities for the Hospital.

Q3. Do you see any device, connected via any protocol and with any cloud; as the future, if yes how will that be achieved? Standards?:

Dr Vikram Venkateswaran: That is one of the biggest challenges today, EMR integration with IoT devices for example Wearables, remote pacemakers, Bionic Limbs, lenses with ability to monitor sugar levels and Blood Pressure.

Q4: In India (or your country), what are the Digital Infrastructure requirements for enabling IoT based Innovations in Healthcare?:

Dr Vikram Venkateswaran: Network connectivity and availability of LE sensors is the key, Most healthcare systems are still on paper records, Patient education is the key as well, massive change in perception is required.

Q5. How can hospitals leverage #IoT based solutions for service delivery and patient care? :
Dr Vikram Venkateswaran: Health Checks, remote health monitoring as a service, pro active intervention as a service

Q6: What are the aspects of Connected Care for the Patient Care Continuum?
Dr Vikram Venkateswaran: Interoperability and adherence of standards, increased communication, Change in perception of patients and hospitals

Q7. Please share usecases for Connected Care for: Healthy Living, Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment, Homecare:
Dr Vikram Venkateswaran: Remote monitoring of cardiac pacemakers,  monitoring of blood glucose, Sweat analysis for athletes, Sleep monitoring for patients and athletes

Q8: What are the Healthcare based Smart City components? How can Local, State and National Government’s make #IoT solutions in healthcare economically viable?:
Dr Vikram Venkateswaran: Disease Surveillance, Leveraging weather data to predict disease patterns, Population health management

Q9: How can private hospitals justify the RoI’s of Smart Hospital Components? :
Dr Vikram Venkateswaran: Hospitals can prioritise understanding disease patterns

Q10: Give us a Buzzword we are going to be hearing regarding IoT based innovations in Healthcare.:
Dr Vikram Venkateswaran: Smart Care, Home Healthcare, Remote Health Monitoring, Home Health, Connected care, Connected Health

Q11. Tell us a 5 Year view of IoT in Healthcare and what would a Patient Experience in a Smart Hospital?:
Dr Vikram Venkateswaran: Hospitals to focus on critical care, emergencies and palliative care. Regular check ups and follow ups to be conducted leveraging IoT

Q12. Finally: What areas of IoT based innovations are you looking to partner with Startups for? Can you give us two areas?:
Dr Vikram Venkateswaran: Disease Surveillance, Home Healthcare


  1. Here is the original Blog Post announcing the #PhilipsChat Tweetchat :
  2. #IoT and #AI: Potent combo redefining healthcare by M. R Srinivas Prasad @prsdsrnvs on Livemint
  3. Join the #Philipschat on Twitter #IoT in #Healthcare on Monday 10th April 2017, 3 PM – Health Care in India
  4. Curated list of Tweets from the #PhilipsChat:
  5. Review the #PhilipsChat Transcript & analytics via @symplur here >>
  6. #IoT & #AI – A potent combination redefining healthcare event by @PhilipsBlore moderated by @drvikram

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