Mar 11 2019
When Will the Internet of Things Become the Internet of Anything?
For technologies to be in demand by businesses, they must have a significant impact on the economy. An effective competitive strategy is to reduce costs by automating business processes. Two years ago, it was expected that there would be a revolutionary breakthrough in the area of IoT. Today, IoT is mainly used to automate logistics and track production processes. With the development of NB-IoT, new mobile sensors and devices are likely to appear, which will not be as dependent on network settings as they are now.
Those who believe that a technical revolution should take place in IoT are both right and wrong at the same time. The Internet of Things itself is a logical step in the evolution of information and communication technologies, a continuation of the logic of the automated process control system and M2M, but at a qualitatively different level. The principle of “internetization” of interaction, transferred from the regular Internet to “things” or devices, has opened up new companies, new business processes, and new business models to the world. Using the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence systems, machine learning, augmented and virtual reality in solutions and products – this is the daily technical revolution. Moreover, we often no longer notice how commonplace “connected” or “smart” things have become in the last couple of years. Barriers in yards are now opened not by duty assistants, but via a phone call. Payment information can be accessed in a few strokes on a smartphone. The temperature of a room can be changed remotely via an app. Such examples are endless. This means that the next “revolutionary” change - the transition to the “Internet of Anything,” IoA, could easily be overlooked in the future.
In developed countries, the IoT technology is no longer an innovation, moving from the innovative to everyday solutions. The most advanced developments are concentrated primarily in the industries where IoT and algorithmization can bring the effect of instant savings and fast monetization, and the industry itself is large in size. For example, agriculture or transport and logistics are full of innovations that affect ordinary people. At the same time, today there is already a question not about the creation of innovation, but its implementation on a large scale. Much of what is needed for the widespread change of established operations and actions is already there, but these technologies need to be integrated and implemented.
Evolution of LoRaWAN
The Internet of Things has evolved from the technology of the automated enterprise management system that has existed since the last century. Such costly automated enterprise management systems are currently available only to large corporations. The evolution in the design of sensors and actuators, the emergence of new communication standards and communication channels, machine-to-machine interaction, the emergence of software for connecting this infrastructure to existing systems, and other technologies, all have enriched automated enterprise management systems and made automation accessible to a large number of enterprises.
IoT is now developing, although not as fast as previously expected. Innovations occur regularly, but they are often subtle. One of the most significant breakthroughs is the distribution of LoRaWAN data transfer protocol among IoT devices. Low power consumption of LoRaWAN devices and a large communication range allow sensors and equipment to be installed in places where wires cannot be laid. For example, the infrastructure of IoT devices could be deployed even in a forest — say, for warning of forest fires.
The development of LoRaWAN networks with low power consumption of end user devices will allow IoT to become a truly Internet of Things. The presence of a publicly accessible “transmission medium” opens up the possibility for integrators and solution providers to focus directly on the hardware level (field level) and application level. As a result, the number of IoT devices themselves and the volume of processed data - archived and current - would significantly increase. Then, application of cloud computing resources, Big Data, machine learning, and neural networks at the application and services level will become more common.
The following were mentioned in the Forrester Reseach study ( published report) “10 IoT predictions for 2018” and are noteworthy. Among other things, the use of voice control systems in IoT services will increase; developers of IoT platforms, as well as those who provide services to them, will go further towards industrial or functional specialization; Blockchain technologies will be increasingly used in IoT products, and—the most troubling—cyber attacks through various “connected” devices will be among the most common and destructive.
What’s next: success or failure?
According to Software AG, about 50% of projects related to IoT fail because developers are more interested in releasing new solutions to the market that they simply do not assess possible risk factors.
Now the situation has begun to change. More and more technologies have been developed to interact with IoT. These are, above all, cryptocurrency projects. In the near future, they are expected to grow in number, and in five years, the automation of various business processes will be able to be discussed. According to expert Theo Hildjard, three stages will be completed in implementing the Internet of Things. During the first stage, individual projects that have not reached their optimum will be improved. At the second stage, the integration of all processes will be planned, in other words - digital optimization. Only at the last stage will it be possible to fully implement all the developments, create new “Internet things,” and expand the market.
We can assume that the revolution in IoT is actually taking place, it is just happening in the area of business solutions. In the consumer solutions market, IoT has hardly been developed. But within the framework of the industrial Internet of Things, the range of requests is much more diverse. The probability is high that automation in production will turn IoT into IoA.
Feb 27 2019
3 Tips for Digital Transformation in Healthcare
With that, every day there are new trends, data transmission formats, standards, regulations, and solutions for distributed databases. Healthcare faces the ongoing challenge of how to make sense of data and how to handle issues of its secure storage, processing, and exchange. With that, the question still remains, “is the risk worth the reward when using third-party solutions”?
As a custom software development company, Artezio is vendor neutral. We’ve dealt with clients who preferred to use third-party solutions, as well as those who have made a choice to build the whole system from scratch. One thing is certain for both, in order to make this decision, you need to take into account all critical aspects. Let’s look at a few examples of using third-party solutions/providers and see how they worked out.
1. TrueVault – a simple solution that allows you to become HIPAA / GDPR compliant without overhauling your entire application and migrating your infrastructure. Sounds great, right?
Especially if most of the work you need to do is on the application side, and healthcare data repository is just a part of your solution. We’ve had examples like that. One of our clients built a web application that provides a user-friendly interface for health practitioners, doctors, and caregivers. Giving them the ability to create, as well as manage medical landing pages in strict compliance with e-health standards. The app has a site wizard to design and build landing pages. It also includes a dashboard to track and manage the page's performance. Being a client/patient facing web application, it deals with a lot of PHI, which is distributed between different users. In essence, it is a React JS application built over HIPAA compliant storage, represented by TrueVault.
In another case, we used TrueVault to solve a different issue. Imagine a doctor who needs to request tests for patients on a daily basis. Some are standard, others are specialized. How frustrating can that be to make thousands of requests in various systems? How complicated can this process become due to all the required paperwork and missing pieces? What if the tests you need are in small laboratories who are not present in your EHR? Suddenly, a simple routine task becomes an overwhelming dragging torture. We were able to simplify this process for both the lab service providers and the doctors by creating an uber-like multi-tenant portal with a simple interface. The labs and lab services providers subscribe to the portal to have their services featured. Clinicians can make a request to have a set of tests done and get the results to share with their clients/patients using one single platform. The lab requests are automatically routed to participant laboratories in accordance with HL7 data transfer principles. The environment of this solution is HIPAA and GDPR compliant. It was easy to set it this way with TrueVault.
What’s in TrueVault for you?
Consider using it if you need to get a secure database for your solutions quickly. Another case would be if you have a legacy system and the task of migrating infrastructure is not suitable for your situation.
TrueVault has a plugin API which is well documented and supported. It’s pretty simple, even if your tech knowledge is limited. They also have a very educating blog with valuable tips on GDPR and HIPAA compliance. All you need is to get good UX/UI designers and developers to build your app and you’re all set.
2. Think!EHR Platform – Is a big data solution based on the latest release of OpenEHR specifications. It is designed to store, manage, query, retrieve, and exchange structured electronic health record data. All data is stored in vendor-independent archetypes and templates.
OpenEHR is a standard that describes the management and storage, retrieval, and exchange of electronic health records. It’s also a virtual community working on means of turning healthcare data from the physical form into electronic form as well as ensuring universal interoperability among all forms of electronic data.
One of our large clients needed to create an enterprise scale comprehensive EHR. The system included medical appointments scheduling capabilities and BI dashboard. The main task was to aggregate electronic information and records across healthcare system of a large city following interoperability and safety standards, automate processes, and provide efficient analytics to allow making information-based decisions.
The challenge here was in the complexity of the task and the organizational structure. Every organizational level has its own rules and follows its own procedures. It took a while to really dig into the OpenEHR solutions and capabilities they provide. We chose Think!EHR and it helped us to streamline the project and get the client going with the MVP to test it at one of the organizations in a matter of a few months. Then based on the feedback collected and the roadmap, we’ve created a modular solution covering all processes and aspects across all levels of the healthcare system. The modules include EMR and electronic documents workflow, patients record management, medical institutions and doctors information, the online appointment for patients, and complex scheduling based on the doctors’ workload.
What’s in Think!EHR Platform for you?
Consider using it if you need an enterprise scale solution and have developers to help you. It’s a complex tool so you need someone who has mastered it.
Use it if your primary focus is on electronic health records (EHR) and related systems. The platform has an array of interfaces including REST, SMART, HL7, FHIR, and IHE.XDS. One of the benefits is in the integration of external terminologies like ICD, LOINC, and SNOMED-CT.
Another advantage is the OpenEHR community where you can find a lot of answers and help. Even though it’s a complicated solution it provides unmatched capabilities for you to automate all processes. So you will need to be looking for an experienced developer to help you with that. First of all, they need to understand the principles of OpenEHR. Secondly, it’s very likely you will need someone who can customize and tailor the solution specifically to your needs.
3. SpiritARCHIVE (PACS) by Tiani is a software solution for handling, storing, printing and transmitting of medical imaging and pictures (DICOM – Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine).
So, speaking about various data formats to deal with (documents, papers, images, test results, etc.). While it’s more or less clear with text, what do we do with pictures, scans, MRIs, CTs? We solved this task for one of our clients and SpiritARCHIVE helped us do it effectively. We built a HIS platform for unified patient records and documents workflow management. The client needed to obtain results from digital radiography, magnetic resonance imaging, computer tomography, and sonography, and get them matched as well as attached to their patient records.
Patients’ data is stored in a highly standardized and protected environment and includes DICOM images, 2D/3D objects, PDFs, JPEGs, video files (MP4, MPEG, AVI), CDA files, and other data formats. The system unifies different formats and presents them to the users on a single interface in accordance with IHE standard. It allows doctors the ability to quickly retrieve and modify patients’ records and documents. SpiritARCHIVE, in this case, enables integration of medical imaging devices – modalities, scanners, servers, workstations, printers, network hardware, picture archiving, and Communication Systems (PACS) from multiple manufacturers.
What’s in SpiritARCHIVE for you?
Consider using it if you need to store, handle, print, and transmit medical imaging (including digital images, results of digital radiography, CT, MRI, and sonography). This solution observes strict adherence to IHE criteria and it’s also compatible with systems of different manufacturers (modalities, scanners, servers, workstations, printers, and network hardware). Use it if you work with 2D and 3D objects or video files.
That’s just a couple of examples. Think about it, how often do you find yourself torn between the latest technology and the regulations in healthcare? Knowing the standards or just the technology is no longer enough anymore, is it?
Getting a consultant or a company to help you sort everything out is often viable. If you do think about it, pick someone who has already done this with different solutions. Someone who is fluent in the latest technology and familiar with the healthcare standards. Someone who can offer effective solution taking into account all these rules you have to follow and the results you would like to achieve.
We could be your guys for that. Drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org, let’s talk.
Company information Artezio
Artezio delivers cost effective, high quality IT services to companies in the US, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Austria, and CIS.
In addition to custom software development, Artezio continually invests in R&D activities and develops its own products:Software as a Service platform solutions.
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Artezio assists its clients in analyzing and automating their business processes, as well as provides software solutions to achieve their operational goals:
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When Will the Internet of Things Become the Internet of Anything?