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More and more devices are becoming connected to the internet and IoT products continue to increase. This impact will also extend to healthcare and soon the Internet of Things will be able to predict and stop potential medical emergencies. This is according to Glenn Fitzgerald, chief technology officer of Japanese information and communications technology company Fujitsu Ltd.’s Product Business Line in Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa region.
The Fujitsu CTO stated that the capability of IoT can be integrated, as an example, as part of devices like the pacemakers. This way, healthcare professionals can help closely monitor the medical conditions of their patients. He said, “The data will enable them to predict a potential crisis, like a heart attack.”
Fitzgerald cited his friend as an example who became a part of the IoT pilot project. He said that this friend of his was fitted with a health device after experiencing a heart attack. The pacemaker was integrated with Bluetooth devices and sensors that allowed data download. He said that the data collected are in real-time. Then, it will be sent to cardiac health knowledge stored in the cloud, which will eventually analyze the information and provide a close real-time monitoring of his friend's heart health.
He shared how one day the system alerted his friend that he needs to take a rest and take medicines because he is at risk of having another heart attack. Fitzgerald said that his friend did so and “no attack occurred.”