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Use IoT to Improve Healthcare Business Outcomes

Before developing an IoT solution, ICURO hit a major roadblock with its healthcare platform. Limited data sharing between healthcare providers and insurance companies impeded effective communication, resulting in frequent duplication of efforts and making it difficult for each entity to deliver better care while maintaining reasonable costs. ICURO wanted to resolve these data sharing issues, they started developing tools and systems that connect products in meaningful ways, enabling both entities to collaborate more effectively.

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  • SUPPLIER
  • ThingWorx (PTC)
    The ThingWorx IoT Technology Platform. One Platform. Limitless Possibilities. ThingWorx is the only enterprise-ready technology platform that enables innovators to rapidly develop and deploy smart, connected solutions for the Internet of Things. Build Fast Connectivity and development tools made for IoT enable developers to quickly create, test and deploy solutions faster than ever thought possible. Build Smart Integrated capabilities of the platform enable developers to create more feature-rich solutions in a fraction of the time of other platforms. Build for Enterprises Developers quickly and easily create IoT solutions that are scalable, secure, and meet the needs of the largest of enterprises.
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Maintenance
  • CUSTOMER
  • ICURO, a digital business outcomes management organization, has implemented a strategy that allows customers in healthcare and industrial manufacturing to access and use information from ICURO’s unifying platform for delivering business outcomes.

  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • SOLUTION
  • With ThingWorx, ICURO has enabled access to data by both entities in a central location – eliminating duplicate efforts and reducing costs without negatively impacting the quality of patient care. Healthcare providers are now also implementing the platform to conduct patient care and facilitate patient communications. ICURO is redefining healthcare IT by enabling providers to work with patients remotely and determine proper care through the data being retrieved from patient metrics. To get a free demo of ThingWorx 8: http://solutions.iotone.com/thingworx

  • DATA COLLECTED
  • Connectivity Status, Electronic Medical Record, Insurance Claims, Personal Medical
  • SOLUTION TYPE
  • SOLUTION MATURITY
  • Emerging (technology has been on the market for > 2 years)
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1
    [Management Effectiveness - Real Time Information]
    By monitoring patients while they are at home, healthcare providers create an ecosystem around the patient and are able to more effectively tailor treatment to patients’ medical needs.
    Impact #2
    [Data Management - Data Analysis]
    With all of this new data, providers are better-equipped to create custom care and more accurately predict and prevent diagnoses.
    Impact #3
    [Cost Reduction - Overall]
    With these measurable improvements in healthcare processes, the quality of patient care and patient engagement metrics went up, but the cost of care came down,because all of these practices are now unified, all under one roof, all on one platform.
  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
  • USE CASES
  • Process Control & Optimization
    Process control and optimization (PCO) is the discipline of adjusting a process to maintain or optimize a specified set of parameters without violating process constraints. The PCO market is being driven by rising demand for energy-efficient production processes, safety and security concerns, and the development of IoT systems that can reliably predict process deviations. Fundamentally, there are three parameters that can be adjusted to affect optimal performance. - Equipment optimization: The first step is to verify that the existing equipment is being used to its fullest advantage by examining operating data to identify equipment bottlenecks. - Operating procedures: Operating procedures may vary widely from person-to-person or from shift-to-shift. Automation of the plant can help significantly. But automation will be of no help if the operators take control and run the plant in manual. - Control optimization: In a typical processing plant, such as a chemical plant or oil refinery, there are hundreds or even thousands of control loops. Each control loop is responsible for controlling one part of the process, such as maintaining a temperature, level, or flow. If the control loop is not properly designed and tuned, the process runs below its optimum. The process will be more expensive to operate, and equipment will wear out prematurely. For each control loop to run optimally, identification of sensor, valve, and tuning problems is important. It has been well documented that over 35% of control loops typically have problems. The process of continuously monitoring and optimizing the entire plant is sometimes called performance supervision.
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