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IoT connects doctors and patients


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Wearable devices increasingly connect the various actors that make up the health triangle: patients, doctors, and healthcare companies (hospitals, clinics, labs, medical and drug company, health plans, and preventive medicine). The so-called Internet of Things (IoT) is made up of connected Internet components that are interconnected and form an ecosystem. With these solutions, it is possible to monitor and generate patient status data, whether at the hospital, at the office or at home, which allows the physician to decide how to treat chronic health problems or not.

Richard Cooper, Head of Digital at AXA PPP Healthcare, is adamant in highlighting the benefits of IoT in medical care.

"Some of the developed devices do not allow people to be tied to their home and do not allow them to be hospitalized regularly. They solve what is in some cases a fairly simple problem and give people a quality of life back. So technology makes your interaction with the doctor much more powerful and useful and gives you more control. "

Several examples of IoT are now available. Perhaps most famous is the Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM), which is a device that helps diabetics continually control their blood glucose levels at regular intervals. The first CGM system was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999, and several other models have hit the market in recent years. Today, smart CGMs like Eversense and Freestyle Libre send data to an application on an iPhone, Android or Apple Watch. The FreeStyle LibreLink application also allows remote monitoring by caregivers, such as parents of children with diabetes or relatives of adult patients.

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Many other common solutions can definitely be cited, but it may be more interesting to cite a device that is in the process of being refined and needs to deliver results in the near future with extensive lifesaving capabilities.

Among them is the ITBra, a device developed by Cyrcadia Health, consisting of a wearable microsensor panel that identifies minimal temperature fluctuations in the breast area and helps detect cancer in the early stages, far beyond the capabilities of traditional mammography. By communicating information to the smartphone or doctor of the user, the devices help healthcare professionals identify models that may pose a threat to women's health.

Cyrcadia is testing the solution in Asia, where cultural issues prevent widespread awareness and make breast cancer even more deadly. The company is expected to ship its product to other countries soon.

Opportunities multiply and turn medicine into a true tool for achieving the quality of life that every person desires and deserves.

* Ademar Paes Junior is a radiologist and president of ACM

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