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Apollo Hospitals: Monitoring Vital Health Data

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With more and more digital operations in healthcare gaining efficiency, IoT is becoming a very logical choice. As healthcare requires a lot of efficient management, IoT is expected to make its way in this space and add benefit to the overall healthcare delivery model.

Considering the plethora of benefits IoT can offer to healthcare, Apollo Hospitals started their journey and is using IoT in a number of areas like vital collection, monitoring the foetal heart rate, preventive wellness, tertiary care monitoring, IoT for medication monitoring or to monitor the sensors around mobility of patients, etc. In collaboration with AliveCor, the hospital tackled the growing problem of heart arrhythmias by providing a mobile device to improve access to cardiac screening tools for patients across India. This AliveCor heart monitor will wirelessly record, display, store, and transfer heart rate
and single-channel electrocardiogram (ECG), the electrical activity of the heart. With the device, patients will now have access to a mobile, affordable and clinically proven cardiac device that provides a complete picture of their heart health.

Another key IoT implementation by Apollo hospitals is the health monitoring device which provides users with essential health information at any time and place by collecting key vital data such as non-invasive blood pressure, pulse, blood oxygen level, body temperature, blood glucose, hemoglobin, cholesterol level, etc, via a compact and portable device and sending the data to the HNG Health cloud. The cloud then connects to the Apollo network of doctors, physicians, etc, to provide quality healthcare to individual patients—anytime and anywhere.

CIO, Arvind Sivaramakrishnan says, “We are constantly striving to innovate solutions and through the integrated use of various technologies.” He further believes that the pace of adoption is indeed not as high as it is in the retail or FMCG sector, but there is a good demand and clearly a movement forward for adoption. The factor which needs to be rationalized further is the cost and if the cost will cut down, it will add more to the productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness of the healthcare operations, clinical excellence and would be a good stride forward.

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