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Role of IoT in Healthcare Monitoring – Diabetes

According to many great philosophers, health has always been considered as the biggest wealth one can ever earn. However, with the advancement in society and unhealthy lifestyle, we are moving towards an era where the lifestyle diseases have become the most common form of ailments.

Among lifestyle diseases, diabetes has come up as one of the most common health concerns globally. According to WHO reports, 422 million individuals are living with diabetes worldwide. Appropriate actions for the management of the disease is the need of the moment.

The greatest wealth is health.

- Virgil

Research has been done which shows the link between daily activities and diabetes. One of the papers published in Lancet, showed that sleep debt has effects on metabolic and endocrine function. Similarly, one of the studies published in Journal of International Medical Research showed that heart rate variability is lower in diabetic patients compared to healthy individuals. These studies suggests that daily physical activities can affect the physiological system of body leading to disease condition.

To manage the disease burden, one should focus on tracking the physical parameters (e.g. heart rate, activity and sleep) of the body and correlating these parameters with bio-markers associated with the disease. For tracking the physical parameters, many fitness bands have been launched in the market and have gained huge success. These fitness trackers can be used to improve the health care industry greatly. In 2018, the prediction is that the revolution in healthcare will be along the lines of data analytics which will increase data relevance while decreasing the time that users needed to spend on health monitoring.

With a common vision of improving healthcare services, IoT technology and medical fields should converge together to provide a detailed and better perspective of health status to the users.