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The healthcare industry is among the most aggressive in implementing the Internet of Things (IoT), concludes a new survey-based study.
Overall, 85% of businesses plan to implement IoT by 2019, according to “The Internet of Things: Today and Tomorrow," published by Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise subsidiary.
Currently more than seven in 10 (72%) enterprises have introduced IoT devices into the workplace, the Aruba report says. Top use cases include improving employee productivity (through remote monitoring and indoor location-based services) and controlling costs through remote operation of building lighting and temperature settings.
Healthcare (60%) trails only the industrial sector (62%) in current use of IoT devices, the report shows. Across the healthcare sector, 42% of executives rank monitoring and maintenance as the top use of IoT, higher than all other sectors. “This underscores the importance of IoT-enabled patient monitoring in the modern healthcare industry,” the report says.
In addition, 80% of healthcare organizations report increases in innovation through the use of IoT devices, while 73% say IoT has helped them save money through reduced costs.
Aruba questioned 3,100 IT and business decision makers across 20 countries to compile the report.
BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, recently predicted the installed base of healthcare IoT devices (excluding fitness trackers and similar consumer wearable devices) will soar to 646 million in 2020 from roughly 95 million in 2015.
“Ultrasounds, thermometers, glucose monitors, electrocardiograms, and more are all starting to become connected and letting patients track their health,” writes Andrew Meola of BI Intelligence. “Multiple hospitals have started to utilize smart beds, which can sense the presence of a patient and automatically adjust itself to the correct angle and pressure to provide proper support without the need for a nurse to intervene.”