David Jonas Head of Health Market Quality R&D Program and Chief Operating Officer of the Capital Market CRC (CMCRC) led a discussion in Brisbane with HISA members, health and industry leaders to understand the opportunity presented from the emergence of the Internet of Things and how healthcare can benefit. The CMCRC Health Market Quality will soon be releasing a report “Flying Blind” that examines the imperative for improved data usage (including IoT) within the healthcare system.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the rapidly advancing technology environment which allows everyday devices (‘things’) to collect and share data seamlessly. In healthcare terms, the possibilities of utilising IoT to the benefit of consumers and clinicians are promising. Although the IoT is relatively new, we are already seeing applications including the monitoring of health conditions via vital signs and medical devices, collecting personal biometric and tracking data via wearable devices, opportunities for real-time monitoring, smart home technologies, devices that can provide feedback for physical and mental health conditions etc. It includes sensors and internet enabled devices including smartphones, that are interconnected, and intelligent with the ability for algorithm based decision making.

A summary paper of the themes explored at the event can be found here.