The Role of IoT Testing in transforming the MedTech Industry

Internet of Things (IoT) has been an evolving technology in the last few years. However, this evolution has accelerated across the industry spectrum since the pandemic. In fact, some sectors in the healthcare domain have adopted it more rapidly than others. The MedTech industry is one such example. 

As healthcare organizations steadily integrate IoT into their medical devices, the need to test them has also increased. This is where Iot Testing Services come into the picture. Comprehensive testing of IoT devices helps healthcare businesses in numerous ways, especially in the MedTech domain. 

Let us discuss briefly how IoT testing helps the MedTech industry: 

Healthcare analysis 

With the growing lifestyle-related diseases, the craze for maintaining a healthy lifestyle has soared. Asa a result, smart wearable and portable at-home devices have become quite popular. Whether it’s a smartwatch or digital thermometer, these devices help consumers track their daily health data. 

These IoT-integrated medical devices generate a vast amount of real-time data regularly. So, it becomes challenging to analyze this data manually. Moreover, without adequately analyzing this data, organizations cannot guarantee satisfactory customer service. 

However, with automation powered by machine learning and AI, analyzing this large volume of data sets becomes easy. Most businesses understand this fact. As a result, they have arranged for mechanisms where technology and doctor work in tandem to provide better service to their customers. 

Nonetheless, there is one area where these businesses need help – the quality checking of these devices. No matter how well a product is designed, without comprehensive testing, it remains substandard only. So, IoT testing plays an important role here. 

Chronic care 

The last few decades have witnessed a tremendous rise in chronic cases. Unfortunately, these chronic cases are usually difficult to manage. Moreover, patients always need to monitor their health data when they get a chronic disease. 

A few years back, people with chronic diseases had to visit the hospital for their regular checkups often. However, frequent hospital visits for such minor checkups turned out to be costly and a lot of hassle. MechTech companies realized this and devised different IoT devices to lower the visits of these patients to hospitals. 

These devices not only track normal health parameters but also keep these data stored in their systems. It helps doctors revisit these data sets and check if the patient has maintained good health. 

However, all of these couldn’t be possible by merely developing great devices. These devices also need to run through a series of quality checks. It is in this regard that IoT testing can help MedTech companies deliver not just great products but excellent customer experience. 

Smart & secure medical environment 

IoT technology is so advanced nowadays that people no longer stick to just smart devices. Today, most consumers prefer a smart environment. These smart environments have different medical devices connected to them. The data collated by all of them can be viewed on your laptop or mobile. 

However, with so much data movement, there is a data security issue also. MedTech companies design their IoT devices in such a way that they are fully secure. Nonetheless, these security aspects cannot be ascertained to be working perfectly without testing. 

QA teams also check if the best practices in terms of security were followed during various stages of the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC). In fact, there are many regions and country-specific compliances that need to be followed by all digital devices. So, with IoT testing helps businesses verify and validate the same. 

Acute care 

Besides tracking regular health data of your customers, IoT technology also helps hospitals with real-time monitoring of vital health signs in the acute care units.  

There is a huge chunk of new data that comes out of the CCUs (Cardiac Care Units) and ICUs (Intensive Care Units) of hospitals. This avalanche of new data not only needs to be stored on the already existing mountain of data but also needs to be instantly analyzed in detail. 

IoT devices in these units are designed in such a way that the data is appropriately stored and segregated. It helps the healthcare professionals quickly analyze much hassle and arrive at a diagnosis during the course of the treatment. 

However, since there is a lot of critical data accumulation and analysis involved here, the devices cannot be released into the market without comprehensively testing them. Big data testing, along with IoT testing, play a crucial role in this case. 

Post-acute care 

There are several guidelines and penalties in place to prevent the unplanned readmission of the same patient within 30 or 90 days of the treatment. So, post-acute care becomes essential not just for patients but also for hospitals.  

IoT devices with smart sensors are capable of monitoring and tracking the recovery of patients after treatment. These devices help hospitals identify any imbalances in their existing post-acute care program and accordingly gauge if any planned visit or acute intervention is required. 

Being a post-acute care scenario, the veracity of the data is very important here, just like it is in acute care situations. Moreover, since there is no option of physical diagnosis, the data generated in this case is all that is available to doctors.  

The data accumulation, storage and analysis become fundamental to post-acute care setup. Therefore, the need to quality check the devices becomes more important than ever.  

Key takeaways 

Medical technology is the next big thing in the healthcare sector, and IoT plays a significant role in driving it. However, just like every technology, customers want this combination of IoT and MedTech to be effective, safe and reliable. This is where the need for software testing arises. 

However, most companies in MedTech do not have the expertise needed to quality check their software on multiple parameters. So, they outsource their Healthcare Software Testing Services to experienced companies like Qualitest. 

With 25+ years of experience and a large pool of quality engineers, Qualitest is a market leader in the domain of quality engineering and software testing.