New era technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data are playing a central role in healthcare today, enabling healthcare professionals to be more vigilant and connected with their patients.
The explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT), another such emerging technology, has seen its application in healthcare, in the form of the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT). While healthcare providers are already teaching their staff how to handle connected medical devices, introducing IoMT into medical education, in conjunction with other technologies, can help train better doctors.
According to a report, the world IoT market was worth $22.5 billion in 2016. It was expected to reach $72.02 billion by 2021, at a compound annual growth rate of 26.2%.
What is the Internet of Medical Things or IoMT?
The IoMT is an amalgamation of medical devices and applications that can connect to healthcare information technology systems using networking technologies. In other words, IoMT refers to the collection of medical devices and applications that connect to healthcare IT systems through online computer networks. IoMT devices are connected to cloud platforms where captured data can be stored and analyzed.
Also known as IoT for healthcare, IoMT has been a game-changer in healthcare, reducing costs and helping to improve patient care and comfort. Some examples of IoMT devices include MRI machines, patient monitors, smart beds, and IV pumps.
How IoMT and Other Technologies Can Help Modernize Medical Education
The healthcare IoT is evolving every day, and the technology has the potential to transform the patient experience and reduce healthcare costs. Keeping this in mind, medical schools or institutions are introducing IoMT into their curriculum, along with other new era technologies, to help aspiring physicians prepare for the future challenges of modern healthcare.
So far, case-based learning (CBL) has become an effective pedagogy for student-centered learning in medical education, but IoT concepts have gained considerable attention in recent years. Using new technologies with CBL can improve learning ability by providing real life-changing medical cases. A IoT infrastructure can be leveraged to support reverse case-based learning in a cloud environment. This can be done using state-of-the-art security and privacy measures for personalized medical data.
IoT gadgets can be collected to generate a real life case for a medical student.
AR & MR in Medical Education
The digital combination of augmented reality and mixed reality has shown many applications in the field of medical education, training, surgical planning. These technologies have an immense capacity to guide complex medical procedures.
Role of big data
With big data, healthcare providers and healthcare administrators can learn more about their patients and their care. Therefore, the inclusion of big data in medical education can help educational institutions train doctors who can create better health profiles and better predictive models around individual patients so they can better diagnose and treat. diseases.
AI has reformed diagnostic and therapeutic accuracy and competence in various fields of medicine. Medical students who are familiar with AI will be empowered to improve efficiency and health care in general. In today’s ever-changing medical digital world, physicians need to be able to effectively use AI to improve healthcare.
Currently, case-based learning adopted by most medical institutions lacks a development mechanism for real clinical cases using IoT infrastructure. Therefore, there is a strong desire to leverage existing IoT resources and infrastructure to improve medical education. In this sense, research is already underway to design platforms that can be used for improved and connected medical learning.
(Dr. Devesh Kumar Singh is President of International University Noida)
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Posted: Monday, May 16, 2022, 10:02 a.m. IST