How IoT will help to counter COVID-19

The world is grappling with novel coronavirus, health-care officials are working relentlessly to provide the best facilities to prevent infection between people and to save those already infected. In such a situation, progress in technology is making a steady difference for health care systems.

In particular, the Internet of Things (IoT), along with other technology such as the Cloud and AI, is of great benefit throughout the crisis. According to a study conducted by MIT researchers, overlaying the geographic information system (GIS) on mobile IoT data will assist epidemiologists in their search for patient zero and can also classify all the individuals who have come into contact with the patients.

Hospitals use related thermometers to track the patients and staff. Shanghai Clinical Center for Public Health (SPHCC) along with seven other hospitals around China. The smart band warns users when their body temperature is above 37.5 ° C. The IoT buttons are battery-operated and attach to the LTE-M network remotely, and can be used in patient rooms, nursing stations, toilets or common areas. The technology can also be effective in tracking high-risk patients, and can also be a source of knowledge for healthcare workers to take appropriate action.