Remote patient monitoring systems that incorporate IoT tracking devices using active RFID or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) as edge nodes are becoming more common in hospitals, outpatient clinics and healthcare centers. Such systems might also include equipment tracking as well as personnel location.

Patient Psychology Directly Related to Patient Outcome

It is well-documented in hospital and healthcare centers that the psychology of the patient is directly correlated to patient well-being. Well-being can be influenced by the patient experience when visiting a healthcare facility for service, particularly when that service is a surgery or outpatient procedure. New research has shown that patient psychology during pre-surgery proceedings can have an impact on both short and long-term patient outcomes. Patient re-admittance for complications or additional surgery is costly to the healthcare facility from a revenue and reputation standpoint.

 

There is a very real need for assessment and remote patient monitoring after check-in, during their experiences leading up to entering the operating room for the procedure, and more commonly lately, after the return home. In a busy hospital or outpatient environment, incidences can occur that impact the patient and can raise anxiety. Unlike many other services that a hospital or outpatient clinic might offer, during pre-op charge of the patient often passes through multiple departments. Poor or casual intra-department communications at this time can lead to misunderstandings. Patients are routed incorrectly, and wind up traversing the same space more than once. They can be left in areas not designed to accommodate them, such as hallways. Bottlenecks in the traffic flow can stack patients up waiting behind other patients for service. These and other preventable issues cause patients to believe that their circumstances at this traumatic time are not controlled. Anxiety increases, and the new research shows that as a result, patient outcomes can be impacted, which affects reputation and revenue for the facility.

Remote Patient Monitoring and Tracking Stabilizes the Patient Experience

Smart personal identification tags operating in a real-time patient flow monitoring network can be essential in imbuing the patient with the sense that all is well and under control. Active RFID or BLE devices can be affixed to the patient’s wrist instead of the standard ID bracelet. These transmit the patient’s identification and in many cases the patient’s GPS location to the local network. Network monitors can notify affected personnel when a patient moves, or the system can be programmed to do that automatically. Patient records can be called up on monitors and devices in a patient’s new location, and removed from monitors and devices in the patient’s old one. In many situations medical and service personnel can wear similar devices that allows the system to locate them and route them to an assignment. Service personnel can be notified when a room is vacant and available for cleaning, so the next patient does not have to wait. Medical personnel can be separately dispatched so that they are on-site when the patient arrives at their location, or sent to intervene if a patient waits too long in transit, or becomes part of a bottleneck. The system might also incorporate asset tracking, tagging mobility appliances and monitoring equipment and managing them so that they are in the right location and ready for use when needed. Supported by a comprehensive monitoring/management plan, the system can present each patient with a seamless and smoothly operating environment where their expectations are set and then clearly met.

These networks can produce a great deal of data, which can be collected and utilized for Internet of Things (IoT) type applications that make predictions, provide post-analysis of events and suggest modifications for better efficiency. They can also be modified to interface with an event broker/monitor, which can trigger alerts in the event of a patient emergency or notify appropriate support personnel if a critical piece of equipment is failing. They can be further modified to support mass-casualty situations, where patients at the scene of the incident are tagged on-site by EMS personnel prior to transport. The hospital potentially could have an accurate picture of how many patients are in route, their injury status, and possibly their health history, a huge advantage in trauma care.

The propagation of IoT applications into healthcare has lagged other industry sectors, because while healthcare facilities prioritize patent care over all else, they must in most cases operate as businesses, and must provide a viable business case for large IT expenditures. With continued research into the patent experience, the obvious advantages of an IoT-based approach to healthcare should become clear.

As part of The StartUp Magazine’s  ongoing Female Founders  series, The Startup Magazine asked RUMBLE CEO and Founder Terri Foudray, for her views on the continued digitization of our physical world. Terri holds the premise that technology is a great disrupter – and no area more so than the launch of the Internet of Things. However, digitizing objects to create “smart products” for our daily work and home lives has created some last-mile challenges that have threatened to derail the promise of IoT.

Ms. Foudray is a dynamic thought leader in the IoT space, founding her IoT company, RUMBLE to integrate Edge computer solutions and help solve the IoT performance shortfall. Terri is a strong STEM advocate and an active member of the advisory board for CompTIA’s Advisory Council.

In the article below, Terri offers her views on the need for effective management and harnessing of the reams of data produced by smart objects in the emerging smart world.

The promise of the Internet of Things, or “IoT” was one of connection. Specifically, IoT was projected to connect more than 50 billion objects generating about 80 zettabytes of data. The reality, however, is far different. While connection has happened, we are still far from that mind-boggling 80 zettabyte projection. Does that mean the IoT is not real or useful?

Not at all.

Read the article titled IOT, Bridging the Performance Process Gap for more on CEO Terri Foudray’s viewpoint.

Internet of Things (IoT) technology is poised for a breakout year in 2020 as companies in the early majority market segment begin to invest in IoT-related projects. A major hurdle for these efforts is the chronic shortage of technologists who understand the specialized non-IP networks often used for data collection from sensors on the edge. In addition, few security experts are familiar with techniques used to secure networks when hundreds or even thousands of edge devices are connected through non-IP networks, each providing a unique attack surface. RUMBLE IoT CEO Terri Foudray offers 2020 IoT predictions for these issues and some potential solutions for integration of non-IP networks in this article.

Today, any vehicle data coming in and out of consumer vehicles go through OEMs, making the OEM the data’s gatekeeper and giving the OEM control over who has access, how the vehicle data is accessed and how much access costs – not the vehicle owner.

RUMBLE IoT and the Auto Care Association support a solution that gives the vehicle owner control over their vehicle data and which provides security, privacy, choice, safety, and a level playing field for the marketplace. We support a solution that enables an open infrastructure, where the vehicles of the future can “talk” to infrastructure components such as roads, traffic lights, emergency vehicles and other vehicles, which results in safer and more efficient roadways. 

The Auto Care Association hired RUMBLE to develop a solution that can provide vehicle owners that freedom of choice and control over their vehicle data.

Why is Vehicle Data Important?

As you drive, your car gathers data about your location, driving behavior, vehicle health, and more.

“A car can generate about 25 gigabytes of data every hour and as much as 4,000 gigabytes a day, according to some estimates.”

This can be used in a variety of useful ways, from knowing if your car needs maintenance to connecting to a smart streetlight.

In reality, you don’t own your vehicle data today.

71% of consumers assume vehicles owners have direct access to their vehicle’s data. They’re Wrong.

Only car manufacturers control who sees your vehicle telematics data and how it’s used.

The data trove in the hands of car makers could be worth as much as $750 billion by 2030, the consulting firm McKinsey has estimated.

Not controlling our car’s data could cost you money in repairs and maintenance. Because auto manufactures control the telematics data on each vehicle, they could limit where you can take your car for service, leaving you with limited, inconvenient, or more expensive options.

RUMBLE Develops a Secure Vehicle Interface (SVI)

The Auto Care Association approached RUMBLE to help solve this problem by creating an application called Secure Vehicle Interface, or SVI. Working with Auto Care, RUMBLE leveraged our expertise managing disparate types and sources of data to construct the first prototype SVI application. The Secure Vehicle Interface application provides a standardized, secure design for vehicle data to be shared with third parties at the owner’s discretion.  The SVI translates the vehicle’s data into a common language understood by third parties and creates a secure system to share that data. This application would give consumers the power over the data that they desire.

Take Ownership of your Vehicle Data. Sign the Petition.

But this isn’t available yet. Join the petition to get control of your vehicle data. 

The Auto Care Association’s campaign Your Car. Your Data. represents the interest of individual car owners and the independent shops that support them.

Anyone who feels you should own your car’s data should join RUMBLE IoT and the Auto Care Association by signing the petition today.  

Overland Park-based RUMBLE IoT applied its expertise in gathering data across disparate sources and types to extract telematics from large trucks including firetrucks, ambulances and other public emergency vehicles.  The solutions initial deployment is in St. Louis for use on public safety vehicles. 

As part of a new program targeted to boost public safety for communities across the USA, AT&T FirstNet, Fleet Complete, Cradlepoint, and RUMBLE IoT joined forces to develop the end-to-end FirstNet Ready™ In-Vehicle Network Solution.

The telematics will be delivered to the Cloud using AT&T FirstNet. FirstNet is the public safety communications platform available in the United States and provides secure, efficient communications to public safety organizations nationwide. 

The solution provides near real-time insights into critical fleet and in-field first responder activities, their location and vehicle status information. These insights provide improved situational awareness, efficiency and safety for first responders and public safety fleets.

With this solution, first responders get a holistic solution that helps them stay better connected to their workers and vehicles while keeping communities and citizens safer.  For instance, dispatchers gain first-hand visibility if a fire truck breaks down on the way to a call or if an ambulance is involved in an accident and delayed or disabled. 

Once installed, public safety agency administrators can remotely track vehicles in the field, obtain live engine diagnostics, get accident notifications, track driver behavior and safety and check sensors to monitor maintenance needs, fuel consumption and more.  Additionally, the solution provides in cab coaching and feedback to drivers to improve their safety performance.

RUMBLE IoT delivers solutions that allow real-time decisions to be made where the work is happening – on the edge – in transportation, utilities, manufacturing and healthcare.  For more information, contact us, visit www.rumbleiot.com or call 800-926-0556.