It is by now common knowledge that medical science and healthcare is benefitting from the technological boom that has occurred since 1946. Having had to pass through the next 3 steps of the Industrial Revolution has also revolutionized the field of healthcare. There are now machines and devices that have not been dreamed of 10 years ago. These advances have also changed the way diseases are diagnosed and health is monitored, not only in patients but of people as a whole. Medical devices are used to monitor the performance of athletes, soldiers, astronauts and even casual senior citizens out on their early morning walk. These devices have enabled healthcare stakeholders to come up with new techniques, medications and even spawned a whole new wellness lifestyle.
The Internet of Everything
But the industrial revolution has not yet ended. It continues to evolve every day. That medical machines and devices can “talk” to each other was being done in the 1990s. Then their ability to “communicate” without human interaction via IP addresses is current reality. The next step taken is turning all these information into action. That is the Internet of Everything. The endless and limitless amount of information and data streaming and these are not confined to only 1 form of industry will result in tremendous leaps in healthcare management and healthcare services is expected or already being realized.
In the 2016 1st Internet of Everything Summit held last March 3, 2016, Impinj was among those who presented for the Internet of Everything segment for healthcare. Impinj is not only connected with healthcare but also in the retail industry, manufacturing, inventory management and various other industries that need tracking and monitoring.
For the healthcare industry, Impinj offers the following:
1. Healthcare Asset Management Optimization – provides real-time information on the location of medical equipment, their usage, status, availability and if they have been taken out of the premises.
2. Hospital Usage Tracking System – an automated system that captures data about the consumption of supplies during surgical procedures and data is then integrated with inventory, billing and surgical information systems.
3. Hospital Inventory Management - continuous tracking of medical supplies within the hospital premises, stockrooms, shelves and other storage areas so as to make location of needed supplies easier for the hospital staff.
Impinj uses a comprehensive and widely deployed RAIN RFID platform, wirelessly connecting billions of items.