The Promise of the Internet of Things in Healthcare: How Hard Is It to Keep?

R Marques, João Gregório, M Mira da Silva , L Lapão

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Internet of Things is starting to be implemented in healthcare. An example is the automated monitoring systems that are currently being used to provide healthcare workers with feedback regarding their hand hygiene compliance. These solutions seem effective in promoting healthcare workers self-awareness and action regarding their hand hygiene performance, which is still far from desired. Underlying these systems, an indoor positioning component (following Internet of Things paradigm) is used to collect data from the ward regarding healthcare workers' position, which will be later used to make some assumptions about the usage of alcohol-based handrub dispensers and sinks. We found that building such a system under the scope of the healthcare field is not a trivial task and it must be subject to several considerations, which are presented, analyzed and discussed in this paper. The limitations of present Internet of Things technologies are not yet ready to address the demanding field of healthcare.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-669
Number of pages9
JournalStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventMedical Informatics Europe Conference, MIE 2016 at the Health - Exploring Complexity: An Interdisciplinary Systems Approach, HEC 2016 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 28 Aug 20162 Sep 2016


  • Internet of things
  • hand hygiene compliance
  • automated monitoring system
  • indoor location
  • indoor positioning system


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