21 April 2016

In a recent interview with, Gerard Nussbaum, health care expert at Kurt Salmon, shared the benefits and reality surrounding the Internet of Things and how usability and interoperability require users to do less while delivering more actionable insights.

With the rapidly growing interest in consumer-facing monitoring and engagement technologies, the IoT aspires to prove its value by becoming the primary way patients and providers stay connected between visits. To do so successfully will require a system that is both engaging and yet passive enough to not lose the interest of the patient.

While this could be a challenging feat, it may be helpful to take a hint from other industries, said Nussbaum. For example, television giants, and the companies that serve them, figured out long ago that automating the process of collecting data would ensure a comprehensive, objective and accurate set of information to use for their decision making—the challenges and opportunities involved in collecting patient-generated health data are no different, argues Nussbaum. The idea of data gathering is crucial in today’s environment, as patients and providers have entered a bidirectional relationship.

Learn more about why the IoT may fade if patients and providers are to benefit from patient-generated health data, here.