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Seun Fadeyi

My name is Seun Fadeyi originally from Nigeria. I've been a freelance writer for over 10 years. I also hold a degree in environmental science. I'm grounded in business and academic writing and have so far published over twelve scientific articles

Block chain will improve healthcare IoT
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An important aspect of society where "Internet of Things"(IoT) has found great application is in the healthcare sector.  In tele-medicine, patients can receive care from the comfort of their homes, while interacting with the medical team through a real-time platform. Medical robots have  been designed  to remind patients who are in the habit of forgetting actual timing/use of drug  prescriptions. Nowadays, there are also IoT-based signal providers that can send message to healthcare facilities when there is an emergency in severe health cases.

While Internet of Things seems like an important technological improvement for healthcare, several users are weary of data security and privacy; two major challenges of IoT adoption. Nevertheless, blockchain technology is seen as a solution.

Security platform of IoT is centrally controlled, implying ease of breach through a “single-point failure. However, blockchain tries to reduce single point into several units where important decisions can be made, since consensus-based networks are a bit difficult to breach. In terms of privacy, there are proposals for modern IoT devices to be developed with blockchain optimized systems where patients are able to decide who gains access to medical data. 

While the combination of these technologies look interesting and may deliver better healthcare, development surrounding joint implementation and optimization may take some time to be actualized.

 

Published July 4, 2020