Open Source and the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) — the collection of medical devices
and applications that connect to healthcare Information Technology (IT) systems through online computer networks and the cloud — are a game changer for the healthcare industry.
Both are driving down costs and helping improve both patient care and comfort by
capturing and communicating real-time data that allows healthcare providers to identify, treat, monitor and ultimately, manage patients’ health.
In addition, Open Source is providing the technology necessary to develop remote patient monitoring through smart devices with intelligent capabilities to track and diagnose the well-being of individuals in their daily lives. The connected infrastructure of Wi-Fi-enabled consumer medical devices — along with Artificial Intelligence (AI) — are allowing such new discoveries as wearable devices, biological sensors, medical equipment that automatically reports data to analytic dashboards, hospital beds rigged with sensors to measure patients’ vital signs and machine-machine communication technologies to emerge.
When it comes to COVID-19, many Open Source developers and companies relying on both Open Source Software (OSS) and Open Source Hardware (OSH) are involved with the fight.
Some have used Python — a popular Open Source programming language — to create apps which allow people to visualize the spread of the virus and let professionals perform contact tracing. Around the world, companies are manufacturing and distributing robots — many developed using Open Source technologies, the cloud and IoMT — to help healthcare
workers care for patients by providing food and medicines. Others are disinfecting hospitals and airport surfaces.
Many OIN community members rely on Open Source technologies to not only advance the medical industry but improve healthcare — whether it’s through new product innovations, delivery solutions or health-related services. Here’s a snapshot of how a few of our community members are making a positive difference.