The growing IoT healthcare sector – and the need for IoT Connectivity
12 December 2022

The growing IoT healthcare sector – and the need for IoT Connectivity

12 December 2022

The "Internet of Things (IoT) in Healthcare report" is recommended by our IoT connectivity experts as an excellent read alongside our previous blog IoT healthcare and the need for IoT connectivity which discusses the growth in the market with predictions that “the global internet of medical things (IoMT) market is expected to swell to a $158 billion valuation in 2022, up from $41 billion in 2017”.

The IoT in Healthcare report says that:

“The healthcare sector (has) rapidly adopted various IoT solutions by creating the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT). Devices like heart monitors and pacemakers collect and send patient health statistics over various networks to healthcare providers for monitoring, analysis and remote configuration”.

And that some major factors driving investment into IoT include:

- “advanced and precise results,

- growing cloud-based infrastructure,

- the availability of more cost-effective smart devices”

However, market growth for IoT in healthcare is restrained by factors such as “lack of funding and business model and data security and privacy issues”. In the US devices also need to be approved by the FDA (The Food and Drug Administration) and “insurance, which plays a key role in the healthcare industry” is a key consideration.

The report notes that IoT in healthcare market has been categorized into medical devices, systems and software, services, and technology.

Healthcare is just one of the market verticals that Telecom26 is focused on and our offering falls into the services, technology (and IoT connectivity) categories.

Telecom26 and IoT connectivity

Telecom26 has been providing IoT connectivity to digital healthcare programmes across the world for several years.

In the case study section of our resource library you can read about how Telecom26’s IoT connectivity is helping to control the spread of infectious diseases.

In a nutshell, we are providing IoT connectivity to the eHealth and mobile health services of SystemOne, a pioneer in the rollout of eHealth and mobile health programmes.

Initially, the SystemOne diagnostic devices used by medical personnel in Ghana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe had Telecom26’s global IoT SIM cards inserted inside them.

This approach was so successful that Telecom26’s contract was extended to provide connectivity to clinics across Africa including Lesotho, Malawi (where T26 replaced Vodafone) and Nigeria. In addition, SystemOne began using Telecome26’s global IoT SIM cards outside Africa in Bangladesh, East Timor and Ukraine.

In Angola, SystemOne’s medical devices connect via a router using Wi-Fi to our mobile broadband, ensuring that critical services stay online.

Meanwhile, in Nigeria, SystemOne has gone a step further, with a new digital healthcare initiative using a custom-built app on Android devices, Aspect Reporter. This new app tracks the diagnostic result delivery, treatment initiation and recovery of patients with infectious diseases, enabling health systems to better ensure that sick patients get the treatment they need and adhere to it through recovery.

Together, SystemOne, Telecom26 and IoT networks are saving lives across the world - and helping countries respond more effectively to outbreaks of infectious disease by identifying positive cases faster and allowing a big-picture view of disease spread across a region.

Telecom26 - your partner for IoT connectivity

At the heart of Telecom26’s IoT service for digital healthcare programmes across the world are our global eSIMs and physical SIM cards. 

These can be inserted in medical devices that need connectivity either when they arrive at the clinic, or at the point of manufacture.  This means that wherever the medical device ends up, with a Telecom26 IoT eSIM card it can connect to the local network.

Just one of our eSIMs in an IoT device:

  • Provides access to all of the networks covered by our global roaming service. That’s 1100+ cellular networks belonging to 650+ mobile operators in 200+ countries.
  • Removes the need to worry about the coverage of a single MNO, or the existence of roaming alliances. Our eSIMs select the best performing network in the area, cross-border, while providing enterprises with the freedom to change SIM profiles and services with ease.
  • Can be customised with routing profiles built for each IoT device according to a customer’s needs and budget. For example, for organisations that are more price sensitive we can ensure that our Global eSIM cards automatically connect to the cheapest service in the area.

In a nutshell, Telecom26 enables data connectivity, anywhere - so that your IoT device can connect to the best available network, regardless of location.

You can read more about our IoT eSIM service here.

And more information about Telecom26’s IoT Connectivity for Healthcare portfolio can be found here. 

If you’d like to find out how Telecom26 can help your organisation to embrace the benefits of IoT eSIMs, IoT Networks, improve IoT connectivity and maximise IoT Security please contact us.

Ready to talk?

We are here to help!
Let us know how we can help your project.