Perhaps the only things worse than a doctor’s rare “I have bad news” diagnosis, is an uninformed patient or a patient who receives a life-saving technology too late. Similarly, for smart healthcare and system integrators, commonly the “bad news” is due to delays caused by outdated connectivity used in new medical IoT (mIoT) products or systems.
Smart Health IoT Connectivity
The consequences of technical ignorance are high in the fast-paced smart healthcare ecosystem. IoT health technology is expected to make up a $117 billion market and 40% of all IoT technology by 2020, more than any other IoT category, according to McKinsey and Company. However, its common for costly and complex connectivity at the center of an smart health system to result in delayed and obsolete products, project and team failures, and market losses costing billions. At its worst, ignorance about new IoT connectivity options, like long-range Bluetooth IoT connectivity, delays smart health technology and results in people facing avoidable catastrophic medical outcomes.
Today, competitive smart health manufacturers and solution providers are delivering market-making mIoT innovations using cost-saving, easy-to-use, long-range Bluetooth IoT connectivity. Driven by customer needs coupled with a high ROI business case, low-cost and data enhancing connectivity, is a competitive advantage. Smart healthcare competitors leverage Bluetooth low energy’s worldwide standardization and low-cost, to capture near-term opportunities. Then, they lock-in markets with bi-directional, long-range Bluetooth IoT data capabilities, including real-time edge-processing and cloud capabilities for improved patient outcomes.
Smart healthcare competitors aren’t waiting. Obsolete IoT connectivity will not survive in the emerging mIoT marketplace. Fortunately, smart health solution providers are increasingly challenging the commonly held cost and complexity assumptions about IoT connectivity cost, including:
- Poor user experience: Stop frustrating senior citizens and sick people. They don’t want to navigate or troubleshoot costly “smart health” pads and phones used as “gateways.”
- Costly: Cost sensitive to monthly data fees, or installing a new “system” on existing infrastructure? Competitive smart health solutions use low-cost, low-power devices backhauling using an organization’s existing infrastructure.
- Scalability: Lacking a worldwide standard, cellular LPWAN, LTE, 5G, also add device complexity and cost at every national boarder.
- Standardization: Bluetooth low energy’s worldwide standardization and massive installed base and eco-system, reduces costs at every stage of development and deployment. Proprietary technologies, like LoRA, SigFox, cellular LPWAN, etc…increases costs and the risks of future costs.
- System disruption: The operating systems of pads and phones “automatically” update, disrupting service. Interference issues involving RFID.
- Limited Range: Wearables using low-power solutions suffer from short range, limiting or constraining mobility for end-users.
- Power challenges and demands: Energy requirements of Wi-fi, require constant charging, oversized batteries, and doesn’t scale as IoT solution, and
- Unidirectional data limitations: Data flowing in one direction, like in RFID or LoRA, limits the future value of data and use cases.
Core to the connectivity challenges in smart health IoT are scalability, power, range, cost,
Of course, IoT connectivity requirements vary greatly by the huge variety of health care and wellness use cases, including: wearables, telemedicine, smart equipment manufacturers and smart health provider solutions. However, common themes of mIoT system failures and delays, around cellular LPWAN complexity and high-cost, phones and pads are inadequate and unreliable, RFID’s one-way transmission cripples data value, and Wi-Fi’s power requirements are a systemic burden on scalability.
Cassia works closely with smart medical equipment manufacturers and health solution providers to provide integrated Smart Health solutions for both caregivers and end users. By eliminating the range and scalability limitations of Bluetooth low energy, the Cassia Networks long-range Bluetooth Router and IoT access controller (AC) platform is delivering the low-cost, reliable, and scalable IoT connectivity needed by smart health equipment manufacturers and health solution providers.
- A Cassia long-range Bluetooth router connecting to multiple Bluetooth low energy devices has many uses, including connectivity to smart health monitoring devices in a patient’s home, or in a healthcare campus. Examples include devices monitoring, blood pressure, glucose, heart rates, pill dispensers, activity tracker, and much more.
- Also, the long-range Bluetooth router is used to track healthcare assets like beds and wheelchairs for resource management, real-time locationing, and loss prevention.
- The long-range Bluetooth router collects data from the Bluetooth monitoring devices, or tracked assets, and sends the data to an Internet-based application.
- Using the application, medical personnel remotely monitor patient device data in real-time without requiring any action by the patient, or locate medical assets for resource management.
- Easy-to-Use – patients do not need to use a tablet or iPad to capture data.
- Mobility – Patients can freely move throughout their home, or a medical campus environment. Cassia long-range Bluetooth increases the range of connectivity to monitoring devices up to 1000+ feet open space or three-wall penetration. Note: no changes are required in transmission power, or to the Bluetooth monitoring devices.
- Multiple Device Support – bi-directional connect and control for up to 40-Bluetooth LE monitoring devices simultaneously, or listen to hundreds of devices in Broadcast mode.
- Data Collection – Collect patient vital signs, or asset info without the need of an in-home care provider (E.g. registered nurse), or costly scheduled maintenance personnel.
- Low Cost – minimal, one-time cost of hardware and low monthly software access controller (device management) fee; reduces the number of hospitalizations, readmissions, lengths of stay in hospitals; as well as asset management and loss.
- Stable Environment – devices stay connected to Cassia Bluetooth Router at a distance
- Quality Care – Improves health professional’s ability to diagnose and treat chronic diseases resulting in lower treatment costs and higher patient satisfaction.
- The Cassia long-range Bluetooth Router connects and controls multiple smart health monitoring devices
- The Router collects data from the Bluetooth monitoring devices and sends data to the internet or local server
- Medical personnel monitor multiple devices’ data in real-time from multiple users simultaneously
- Constant Monitoring – Monitor multiple patients at the same time and provide doctors and nurses easy access to data in real-time
- Seamless Coverage – Cassia long-range Bluetooth routers completely cover a hospital campus or clinic environment; allowing patients to move freely throughout the hospital and remain connected to monitoring solutions
- Easy Deployment / Management – use centralized Cassia IoT access controller (AC) software platform to setup and manage hundreds of long Bluetooth Routers and thousands of Bluetooth monitoring devices for seamless coverage.
- Easy-to-Use – Simplifies patient and medical personnel data collection. Replaces costly tablets and iPads used as gateways, resulting in improved compliance and quality of data
- Higher Performance – range of smart health monitoring devices is increased up to 1000+ feet open space or three walls of penetration.
- Multiple Device Monitoring – bi-directional, connection and control of up to 40-Bluetooth LE devices per long range Bluetooth router simultaneously, or listen to hundreds of devices in Broadcast mode
- Low Cost – minimal, one-time cost of hardware and low monthly software fee for IoT access controller (AC) for device management, reduces the lengths of stay in hospitals
- Stable Environment – devices stay connected to Cassia long range Bluetooth Router at a distance for seamless coverage
- Security – end-to-end device security supported
- Bluetooth Locationing – track patient movements throughout a facility for faster responses to emergencies situations, improving patient outcomes
- Data Collection – collects patient vital signs reducing costs of registered nursing staff
Yizhentang, a Beijing Chinese Medical Hospital provides patients with comfortable, in-home medical services, enabled by remote health monitoring and real-time adjustments to a treatment plan resulting in improved patient outcomes and experiences.
Following on-site clinic visits, the hospital provides patients with a take-home medical kit which includes a Cassia long-range Bluetooth Router. At home, the patient follows the doctor’s treatment plan instructions, which includes medications. The doctor also receives ongoing vital sign information associated with the treatment plan, indicating how the treatment is progressing.
The patient’s biometric data is transmitted to the cloud via the Cassia long-range Bluetooth Router in real-time. Doctors monitor the patient’s health status from a remote office, and make real-time treatment adjustments accordingly. Rather than hassling an ill patient with a trip to a hospital or clinic, the Cassia long-range Bluetooth Router enables active recovery at home, while also improving the efficiency of the doctor’s treatment.
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