IoT (Internet of Things) is a network of devices and sensors that connect to the Internet and provide what are usually continuous streams of data. For many people, what first comes to mind when thinking about IoT are the types of sensors and devices that monitor supply chains in manufacturing or offshore energy platform performance. However, IoT is present, and growing, in a wide range of industries, and healthcare is no exception.
One of the major drivers of healthcare IoT is post in-patient or out-patient care that requires the use of medical devices. For patients requiring constant kidney dialysis, or CPAP monitoring, data is now streamed to health care providers via IoT to better manage patient outcomes. In addition, IoT devices can also monitor and transmit patient vital data between an ambulance and a hospital during transit to better prepare hospitals for intake.
All of this often streaming data, much of it semi-structured and unstructured, is a invaluable source of data that can be analysed to glean performance and other insights. However, the volume and disparate types of data can overwhelm data management systems that are not highly flexible or scalable. Adding to the mix is the influx of new data that has emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw a sharp rise in telemedicine.
Snowflake for Healthcare
The Snowflake Data Cloud can help healthcare providers and life science companies centralize all their data in a single and secure location to unlock deeper insights with faster analytics that help improve patient outcomes, deliver quality member experiences, and streamline operational inefficiencies. The Data Cloud allows providers to sensitive data securely within and beyond the immediate organization, with built-in security and governance that supports HIPAA, HITRUST, SOC 1 and 2 Type II, PCI DSS, and FedRAMP (medium) requirements.By uniting virtually all data and freeing insights from different sources, systems and extended partner networks via secure and seamless data exchange capabilities, Snowflake is powering the next wave of healthcare innovation.