Internet is a big driver of our social lives and has fast moved on from just enabling humans to seamlessly communicate amongst themselves to enabling professionals to acquire data that enables them to offer life-changing services.
The Internet has revolutionized how humans interact with other humans, and humans with computers and other machines; these interactions have led to the human race to find solutions a myriad of problems in all sectors that facilitate life.
And in this era of Internet of Things (IoT) the human race is faced with a pacy transformation of how life is lived and the general welfare in key sectors like health, education, military and industrialization. This is generally expected to improve life.
In the medical world, with the deployment of the Internet of Things, good things are happening. The IoT or the Internet of Medical things (IoMT) or Smart Healthcare as is known in the medical world is creating a digitized healthcare system, connecting available medical resources and healthcare services.
IoT makes healthcare service delivery effective
The Vice Chancellor of Victoria University Assoc. Prof. Krishna N. Sharma, also a renowned researcher and publisher, attests that IoT in healthcare is enabling interoperability, machine-to-machine communication, information exchange, and data movement that makes healthcare service delivery effective.
According to the Vice Chancellor, IoT applications in healthcare including telemedicine, medical management systems, clinical operation, inpatient monitoring, connected imaging and others are helping in clinical research, diagnostic laboratories and administering of medicine in hospital and clinics.
Assoc. Prof. Krishna N. Sharma, who recently as the Keynote speaker during the 2nd Annual Higher Education Conference at Hotel Africana Kampala was presenting a paper on the essence of health care management stated that the importance of internet of things in health care management is that it assists in monitoring the health of patients, prevention, diagnosing patients with illnesses as well as maintaining progress of the patient.
Need for the training of human resource
"The IoT is aimed at solving real-life health problems among citizens of Uganda and the world at large. The only way is to train human resource on how to use these devices so as to have proper health care management among different communities today.
This training will have a huge positive impact on society and health fraternity in terms of health care management. This training will have a huge positive impact on the society and health fraternity in terms of health care management.,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor highlighted that it would be good to adopt Information & communications technologies (ICTs) that are continually viewed as having the potential to address several challenges in Africa including in the health sector.
The 2nd Annual Higher Education Conference that was organized by National Council for Higher Education was attended by the Vice Chancellors of Top Ugandan Universities, Ministry of Education and Sports Executives, Executives from National Council of Higher Education, Embassy delegates among others.
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