Azure IoT for healthcare

Deliver personalized care, empower care teams and employees, and improve operational outcomes

Enabling the next generation of healthcare IoT solutions

Azure IoT offers a trusted technology platform to improve patient outcomes, streamline clinical operations, and optimize your healthcare manufacturing and supply chain with seamless, smart, and highly secure IoT technology

Seamless

Reduce the time to market for your IoT healthcare solutions with health-specific app templates, a growing selection of certified devices, and the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of IoT services. Quickly connect existing data sources, health record systems, and research databases as well as exchange data in the HL7 FHIR standard data format.

Smart

Bring together the intelligent edge with the intelligent cloud with Azure IoT—to deliver healthcare data in an interoperable format, enabling insights backed by advanced analytics, AI, and new models of interactivity with mixed reality.

Secure

From the edge to the cloud, monitor and manage your solution’s end-to-end security with Azure Sphere and Azure Security Center for IoT. With HIPAA compliance and HITRUST certifications, Azure IoT for healthcare helps you make sure that your patient data is secure and privacy is protected.

Research: IoT Signals for Healthcare

Microsoft has committed to investing USD 5 billion in IoT research and the intelligent edge—adding new services and features to Azure IoT for industries like healthcare, but also driving business strategy and executive leadership discussions to define success in the age of intelligence.

From optimizing patient, staff, and inventory flow to providing remote patient care to optimizing manufacturing and securing supply chains, IoT is helping healthcare providers create new ways to interact with patients, deliver more consistent high quality care, and introduce new efficiencies along their supply chain. Learn key takeaways for your organization in IoT Signals for Healthcare.

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Applications of IoT in healthcare

Explore common scenarios for the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) and IoT solutions for healthcare with Azure.

Continuous patient monitoring

Extend patient care beyond the hospital walls, reduce re-admissions, and manage disease through in-patient or remote patient monitoring.

In-home care

Assist our aging population, monitor recovery and rehabilitation, and help to manage disabilities and chronic diseases.

Smart hospital equipment

Gain insights from your hospital equipment to improve patient outcomes and manage equipment health.

Smart hospital building

Enable a better hospital experience for care teams, patients, and their support networks.

Inventory management for medical supplies

Ensure that medical supplies are fully stocked and readily available to provide efficient and effective care.

Cold chain supply tracking

Build a transparent, secure, and climate-controlled supply chain for your pharmaceuticals to reduce tampering, prevent spoilage, and ensure efficacy.

Healthcare manufacturing

Ensure that medical devices and products maintain the highest levels of quality and comply with industry standards through the entire supply chain, from production to patient.

Find the right IoT approach for your healthcare solution

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Accelerate your build with a managed app platform

Get started building apps with Azure IoT Central—a managed app platform allows you to build apps quickly by reducing the number of decisions you need to make to achieve results. Most of the elements of your solution are already coded and managed, so you can focus on adding industry knowledge and rapidly scaling and connecting devices.

Build from the ground up with platform services

Get the robust building blocks for highly customized and flexible IoT applications with Azure platform services. Explore your options to create and code your own IoT solution—and add and connect devices, ingest, store, and analyze your data with Azure IoT Hub and Azure Digital Twins.

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Build with a partner

Whether building with Azure IoT services or an IoT platform like Azure IoT Central, we recommend working with one of our certified partners to ensure the best experience, from proof of concept through full-scale deployment.

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Manage health data in the cloud and drive better outcomes

Create and deploy a Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR®) service built with interoperability and regulatory compliance in mind—and ingest medical data from devices—with Azure API for FHIR and Azure IoT Connector for FHIR.

Explore the Azure API for FHIR

Get started with the open-source IoMT FHIR Connector

See an IoT healthcare solution in action by Sensoria

Improving compliance and treatment outcomes for patients with diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) through personalized care and continuous monitoring

Overview

Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are a leading cause of hospitalizations in the US for diabetics. The primary course of treatment for DFUs is an offloading device or non-removable cast, but compliance often remains a significant challenge, leading to a high treatment failure rate among patients with DFUs. Healing time can be accelerated with therapeutic footwear optimized via plantar pressure analysis to take weight and pressure off the area of ulceration.

To help providers personalize care and improve compliance, Sensoria partnered with leading DFU boot manufacturer, Optima Molliter, to create the Motus Smart Solution. These connected devices enable clinicians to remotely monitor patients when they leave the clinic to better track patient compliance and improve care plans.

Global View

Step 1

Get a global view of an entire clinician’s panel and see all of the patients diagnosed with DFUs that use the Motus Smart boot in their treatment plan.

Step 2

Order the view by adherence level to prioritize patients with low adherence and the highest need for escalation of care.

Import data

Step 1

Import information and exchange data in the HL7 FHIR standard format by easily connecting existing data sources, such as electronic health record systems and research databases.

Step 2

Use the timer in the bottom left corner to create an alert for the amount of time spent with patients. Use the alert for CPT code 99457 documentation, administration, and reimbursement.

Provision

Step 1

Customize and provision the Motus device in clinic to send telemetry data to the Sensoria application. The clinician may also provision the patient’s mobile phone app, using the individual QR codes. The patient app securely provides access to their individual data while clinicians have a global view of data for all their patients.

Step 2

If patient is adherent to the offloading and activity protocols as prescribed in treatment, the app provides positive behavioral reinforcement. Each event is recorded, enabling data-driven interaction.

Alerts

If the patient is unable to adhere to the recommended offloading protocol, the system will prompt the mobile app to provide alerts with actional, direct, behavioral feedback to improve compliance.

Compliance

View compliance metrics and get quantified information on the patient’s compliance on a daily or on an hourly basis to better tailor the treatment plan and enlist patient participation in care.

See an hourly analysis of time logged wearing the device and level of activity. Identify periods where no patient data is emitted, in order to drive follow-up and personalize care.

See healthcare solutions built on Azure IoT

Schneider helps build patient-centric hospitals

With Thoughtwire’s digital twin suite, Schneider created a smart environment across IoT devices and staff management, hospital building, and clinical and IT systems—resulting in more seamless operations and better outcomes for patients and staff.

Thoughtwire and Schneider

Sensoria helps rehab clinic reduce limb amputations

Sensoria Health and Optima Molliter used Azure IoT Central to create the first smart wound management footwear—with continuous ulcer monitoring to improved patient compliance to treatment protocol and reduce rehab time.

Sensoria

Medical tech leader improves patient care with IoT

Global medical device company, Stryker, used Azure IoT to help healthcare facilities gain insights on how devices are used to improve device design, identify features that most impact patient care, and optimize their supply chain.

Stryker

Hospitals prevent infection with smarter hygiene

GOJO, makers of Purell, helped hospitals monitor hand hygiene and prevent infections using Azure Sphere and Azure IoT hub—with motion sensors, over 20,000 internet-connected dispensers, and a cloud platform to track and analyze hygiene compliance.

GOJO

Wipro protects pharma supply chain and customers

Using Azure IoT, blockchain, and other cloud technologies, Wipro built a platform with real-time tracking of critical telemetry data to address two main challenges for their pharmaceutical customers—counterfeit drugs and cold chain product wastage.

WiPro

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