IoT is especially useful in healthcare, but interoperability remains a challenge


Mary Shacklett

From tele-health appointments to take-home health monitors, the Internet of Things (IoT) is heavily used in healthcare. But all that data builds up and can remain in silos.

"Improving healthcare interoperability is a top priority for health systems, clinicians, patients, and even legislators," said Dan Soule, vice president of product management at HealthCatalyst, a data and analytics company that works with healthcare companies. "The latest governmental efforts to address interoperability came from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), which issued a proposed interoperability and information-blocking rule in February 2019. While aspects of this legislation are promising, previous attempts to improve interoperability have failed because the main sources for healthcare data—EMRs [electronic medical records]—produce non-standardized, disparate data."

EMRs have indeed been

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