A successful cellular connection of your medical device

Applying cellular IoT (Internet of Things) in healthcare provides you with numerous opportunities that benefits both patient and business. It allows you to integrate and combine consumer and clinical data to create smarter and more meaningful connected consumer and care solutions, leading to seamless patient care.

5G and cellular IoT in healthcare

Cellular technologies, such as 4G or 5G, are widely available worldwide. They offer reliable secure connections that enable IoT in healthcare. In combination with healthcare propositions it will unveil better and more personalized healthcare to the patients. It will not only help people on an individual level, it will also enable hospitals to make better use of resources and deliver better care at lower cost.

Cellular connection

But setting up a cellular connection for your healthcare product can be challenging. Not only are requirements for security, privacy and regulatory compliance stringent. You also need expertise in the cloud, IoT security, regulatory and connectivity technologies to successfully implement IoT cellular services. Luckily, the challenges you might run into are not impossible to tackle.

LTE-M or NB-IoT

Choosing the right technology to flawlessly connect your medical device to the cloud is an important first step. LTE-M and NB-IoT are two novel technologies that are both commercially available and ’5G ready’. No special configuration is required, which increases the usability of your product. In addition, with the proper design and analysis, your product can last several years on battery.

Download Celluar IoT whitepaper

Would you like to learn more about the benefits as well as the challenges that come with applying Cellular IoT? And more importantly, how to tackle them? We explain more about this in our whitepaper.

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An introduction to Cellular IoT - Get the whitepaper

Would you like to learn more about the benefits as well as the challenges that come with applying Cellular IoT? And more importantly, how to tackle them? We explain more about this in our whitepaper.

Implementing healthcare IoT devices

Implementing your healthcare IoT devices can be challenging. What aspects should you take a closer look at? At what stage in the process can you make room for analysis and improvements?  Should you call in an expert in IoT in healthcare with some steps of the implementation, or can you manage to make your product IoT connected on your own? Following these next steps, you are able to answer all these questions.

  • Feasibility analysis

A variety of cellular parameters can affect the performance of your IoT connected medical device. Battery loss, less throughput and cloud service latency might be consequences. Insights in the cellular parameters are necessary to make room for optimization.

  • System architecture

Having your healthcare product connected to cellular networks could be a daunting task. While setting up a seamless direct-to-cloud cellular connection, numerous aspects should be kept in mind: end-to-end architecture, communication protocol selection, cellular IoT technology selection, mobile network operator selection and modem selection.

  • Design & prototyping

A prototype of your product with cellular functionality, containing both hardware and software, provides you with valuable information of successes and improvements. Also during this phase, design for cost is important.

  • Cloud integration

Integrating your cellular connected healthcare solution with the cloud will enable a very rich set of features and close the loop with your customers. Our medical grade cloud named HealthSuite Digital Platform might be a useful tool for you. It offers services as end-to-end connectivity, data format, services in the cloud and SIM management.

  • Review of your proposition

An extensive analysis of your proposition gives you worthy insights about your IoT cellular services in healthcare, which can lead to smart improvements.

Connecting your medical device to the cloud

The stringent requirements for data security, privacy and regulatory compliance, make applying IoT to medical devices a challenging task. It requires a combined expertise in the cloud, IoT security, regulatory and connectivity technologies. We offer end-to-end connectivity solutions and cloud services, which reduce technical, financial and security risks to bring connectivity to your products in the fastest way possible.

E2E process - IoT in healthcare

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Peter van den Bekerom, Business Development Manager, Philips Innovation Services

Peter van den Bekerom
Business Development Manager
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