The Importance of IoMT in Healthcare 2020
The IoMT (Internet of Medical Things) is the amalgamation of data from medical devices and medical software applications that connects to healthcare IT systems wirelessly. The intention is to combine people, data and processes through connected medical devices and mobile applications to help improve patient outcomes.
The role of IoMT
The potential of IoMT allows for more accurate diagnoses, less mistakes and lower costs of care through the assistance of technology, allowing patients to send health information data to doctors. This is especially important in current events due to the wireless connectivity, there is no need for in-person medical visits which prevents the spread of COVID-19.
Some of these IoMT devices to monitor patients include: fitness trackers such as wristbands or smart watches, remote patient monitoring for chronic disease, smart pills and virtual consultations. All of these devices require patient engagement and trust in tech systems with personal data, this could be one of the few disadvantages of IoMT.
However, as more people begin to integrate smart wearable devices, it is no wonder that according to AllTheResearch , the IoMT market is expected to reach 254.2 billion USD by 2026. This is a massive increase from 44.5 billion USD predicted in 2018. The increased adoption of sensor technology and smart devices comes from the change in consumer lifestyle as trends like health and fitness are on the rise.
It can also be assumed that the global pandemic of COVID-19 has only further accelerated the need for IoMT and played a huge role in the growth of technology. As medical industry researchers are in search of the most efficient screening process and quick monitoring of patient symptoms, IoMT plays a huge role in tackling these challenges. Technologies such as IoT in 5G, cloud computing and block-chain powered alongside artificial intelligence will make for a hugely complex and efficient health-tech ecosystem.
Challenges of integrating IoMT
IoT, as a whole, deals with huge amounts of data and when it comes to IoMT, this data can be extremely sensitive. This can include patients’ condition information, location and treatment details. This data requires strong security and protection against potential cyberattacks, which have lately increased.
Another challenge is the high cost for patients, such as fitness smart devices and remote patient monitoring systems, as well as the integration of medical equipment into the current healthcare ecosystem. However, this does not apply to the easily accessible IoMT applications on smartphones.
Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT
Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.
“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.
Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:
- Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
- CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
- Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data
However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”
In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies.
The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help.
“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”