How Do You Choose a Medical IoT Platform?

In 2020, an estimated 20-30 million medical IoT devices were in use, and more are being added to the count every day. As these items become increasingly common in curative settings, many healthcare providers find themselves searching for the right medical IoT platform to help them implement this technology in their own practices.  

There are a few fundamental attributes that make up a quality healthcare IoT solution. When shopping for a digital health platform for IoT devices, here are four important features for healthcare providers to consider:

1. Billing and Administration 

Healthcare services require compensation, and the right IoT platform can make it significantly easier for healthcare providers to collect the funds they are owed.

Automated time logging features can be used to keep a perfectly accurate record of the time spent providing remote care services to patients, including:

  • Consultation
  • Monitoring
  • Set-up time
  • Treatment planning

…and more. This data can then be used to instantly generate reports to guide that month’s reimbursement submissions. 

Some IoT solutions for healthcare also include alert systems so healthcare providers can maximize the number of time blocks they submit for reimbursement each month. If a patient’s total remote care time is just a few minutes short of a billable block (usually 20 minutes), the software will issue an alert to the care team. This gives those professionals the opportunity to offer those patients a few more minutes of care that month and receive reimbursement for the time that would otherwise go uncompensated. 

2. Flexible, User-Friendly Functionality  

Healthcare professionals are busy people with many tasks to juggle over the course of a typical day. While there is no question they possess the technical knowledge needed to make sense of complex datasets, they rarely have the time to sit down and shift through reams of unfiltered information.  

A quality medical IoT solution should allow healthcare providers to easily monitor their patients’ health progress using simple visual dashboards that can be read at a glance. These dashboards should display data such as: 

  • Information patients have submitted, such as requests for information or notes on their treatment experience
  • Patients’ latest health readings
  • Recent deviations from usual data patterns

Every healthcare provider who uses a platform will have different goals for their patients. In recognition of this, it should also be possible to customize the platform’s functions, features, and displays to suit each buyer’s needs. Ideally, the user should be able to install plugins, rearrange dashboards, and access in-depth reports with just a few clicks. 

3. Scalability and Versatility 

While some healthcare providers are only interested in a narrow range of applications (a cardiac clinic, might not need monitoring their patients’ lung function or insulin levels), most would be open to using these devices in as many different dimensions of their practice as possible. As connected health devices become more sophisticated and accessible, they will likely also grow in use. It is not inconceivable to think that at some point, a majority of patients will use one or more medical IoT devices to transmit information to their healthcare provider.  

As medical IoT networks grow, so do their data processing and storage requirements. Moreover, certain applications of IoT in healthcare already use much more bandwidth than others, such as mobile medical imaging.

Healthcare providers should choose an IoT software platform powerful enough to easily handle large files, including video files and high-resolution images. It should also be able to integrate this data into any number of other software solutions and analytics platforms if needed (including electronic health records and electronic case report form systems).

4. Security and Compliance 

Medical IoT solutions are specialized products intended for use specifically within the healthcare industry. A good medical IoT platform is built around regulations that govern this industry, including safety standards and cybersecurity regulations.  

Most countries have regulations governing the development of medical devices, which is now generally understood to include software. These regulations let buyers know that a software solution is: 

  • Effective in its stated goals
  • Performs as advertised (is free of glitches, interface issues, unusably slow upload speeds, etc.)
  • Safe for patients to use (poses no direct/indirect threat to health)

In the US market, products that meet these standards will be certified by the FDA. In the EU, they will be labeled as MDR-compliant.

Products may also advertise they meet additional standards set by international regulatory bodies like the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). In general, the more standards and regulations a product complies with, the higher you can expect its overall quality to be.

Alongside physical safety standards, healthcare providers should also verify their chosen digital health platform takes proper measures to guard their patients’ health data. According to a Global Connected Industries Cybersecurity survey, 82% of healthcare providers using medical IoT devices experienced at least one cyberattack in 2019. Laws like HIPAA and the GDPR impose strict fines and penalties on organizations that do not take steps to prevent these incidents. A quality medical device platform will comply with all major international data privacy laws, protecting patient data and minimizing buyers’ level of risk. 

Power your Medical IoT Network With BioT 

Now is the time to bring your practice online and begin discovering the revolutionary capabilities of medical IoT technology. BioT’s leading medical IoT platform can do it.

Our software has everything you need to make the most of the opportunities medical IoT solutions present, including top-class security, lightning-fast speeds, seamless data integration, and a full range of industry certifications. We also offer a variety of pre-made plugins for platform customization as well as support for any proprietary plugins you wish to add. 

To learn more about our medical IoT solutions, contact us or request a demo today.  

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