IoT Is Giving Patients A Living, Breathing Baseline For Health

IoT Is Giving Patients A Living, Breathing Baseline For Health
Health

PSFK’s Future of Health report explores how sensors and next generation IoT are changing healthcare

PSFK Labs
  • 15 august 2017

The days of going to the doctor’s office and waiting for someone to dig into a file cabinet to find your medical records are numbered. In PSFK’s Future of Health Report, we explore how a physical web of sensors and IoT-enabled devices is allowing for the continuous collection of health data, enabling each patient to establish a personal baseline for their wellbeing.

As data collection tools continue to advance, one of the biggest markets for IoT is in health, where wearables and home-based sensors can be used to monitor vitals in a continuous manner, creating a living health record that is constantly updated. This enables doctors to monitor individuals remotely and provides medical care anytime, anywhere, while also empowering patients to keep better track of their own health.

Advancements in sensor-based technology and computing power, meanwhile, will allow individuals to access basic lab procedures, from wellness kits to diagnostic tests, with their mobile phones or other low-cost digital devices. These apps and products direct individuals to perform ‘good enough’ health tests and learn more about themselves and their conditions, informing care and directing professional follow-up.

Key to this living database will be the inclusion of genetic information, which offers a natural starting point in establishing a patient’s baseline of well-being. By sequencing the genome once, patients and their healthcare providers can continuously reference the library of genetic data to make clinical and lifestyle decisions.

myBabyGenome, a DNA test developed by Veritas Genetics, maps newborn’s entire genome and identifies hidden health problems. The test, which is a simple blood prick test ordered by a doctor, determines 950 serious early- and later-life disease risks, 200 genes connected to drug reactions and more than 100 physical traits a child is likely to have. By sequencing the entire genome at birth, healthcare providers have a starting point for patient care.

But genetic testing is just a start. The living database will also take into account how the environment affects health, using passive and ambient collection platforms to monitor data produced in the background. Environmental and health analytics company Upstream Research provides the public with access to ecological data by sharing the levels of environmental toxicity in relation to disease rates. The reports are sourced from vast troves of information at local, state and federal levels of government, along with other private sources, allowing individuals, families and healthcare providers to take preventative steps to lead healthier lives.

“The environment we choose to live in represents the second greatest determinant of individual health behind behavior. Cancer researchers are still exploring the 50-75% of cancers that are linked to some form of environmental exposure,” said Upstream Research Founder Scott Bedbury.

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The days of going to the doctor’s office and waiting for someone to dig into a file cabinet to find your medical records are numbered. In PSFK’s Future of Health Report, we explore how a physical web of sensors and IoT-enabled devices is allowing for the continuous collection of health data, enabling each patient to establish a personal baseline for their wellbeing.

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