Before the companies that are working on the introduction of this technology, a number of advantageous opportunities are opened, but, in addition, they face a lot of problems, namely:
How to ensure the confidentiality and security of data processed by devices
These two components are especially important for every successful system. But when you operate with information about human health, this importance grows a hundredfold. Data management should take place in such a way that they are accessible to both the patient and the doctor, but not to others, to third parties. It is also important that the system is reliably protected, from the device to the server on which the data is processed.
Often, such cybersecurity settings assume protection of information from loss, violation or theft from the outside. In the IOT network, digital-physical communication is an exciting problem that must be solved to protect a physical device. For example, in the attack and extortion of a medical device, the victim actually faces a choice, a fee or a life.
However, these problems are surmountable. For example, blockchain technology can safely store certain types of data. Thus, authorized users can exchange information, being confident of its confidentiality and not being afraid of compromising their own data. Thanks to this technology, several problems can be solved:
- High-quality operation of medical devices
- Involvement of a multitude of stakeholders
How will IOT affect the cooperation of stakeholders?
Medicine is one of the largest global industries, which annually reaches a new level of development. Health care is a forest of stakeholders: hospitals, doctors, patients, insurers and many others.
Ultimately, no company can do everything on its own. The successful implementation of IOT in medicine depends on whether each of the companies is able to shape the ecosystem of other stakeholders so that they all work together to improve and successfully develop technology.
Regulation and approval process
For many Internet technologies of things in medicine, another obstacle is the approval of regulatory bodies. There was a new problem, caused by the ability of the network of devices to blur the lines between the two worlds, physical and digital. Thus, there is also uncertainty about what can be called a “medical device”, and what it is not with respect to regulated rules.
That is, at each stage of IOT implementation companies must cooperate with regulators. This will ensure that the technology is classified correctly and that at the last moment there will not be unforeseen “surprises”.
The application of this technology in the field of healthcare is another tool of the doctor, improvement of the medical care provided, and improvement of the standard of living and health of mankind.