IoMT to expand to 7m devices by 2026

Smart hospitals are projected to deploy 7.4m devices connected to the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) devices over the next four years according to a new study by Juniper Research.

The concept of the IoMT involves healthcare providers using edge computing and connected devices such as remote monitoring sensors and surgical robotics to improve patient care, staff productivity, and operational efficiency.

Juniper’s projection equates to 3,850 devices being deployed in each smart hospital, representing a 131% increase from 2021 when 3.2m devices were deployed.

Adoption of remote monitoring technologies accelerated during the Covid-19 pandemic significantly. This is a trend which the Juniper researchers believe will continue over the next five years, as patients become more acclimated to remote monitoring and see benefits from proactively managing and treating health conditions.

The Smart Hospitals report went on to suggest that the real-time nature of remote monitoring requires low latency, high bandwidth connections to ensure transmission of patients’ health data is not interrupted or distorted and recommended smart hospital vendors develop partnerships with network operators.

Report author Adam Wears said: “The emergence of remote monitoring within healthcare presents an opportunity for network operators to place themselves within the digital healthcare value chain.

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