The need to comply with myriad regulations is a key reason healthcare organizations have not moved ahead with IoT adoption as quickly as companies in other industries such as manufacturing or retail, according to a recent global study by IDC. In fact, security and privacy pose some of the biggest challenges across the board, even though 56% of enterprises consider the IoT strategic to their business success.

Most organizations currently take a piecemeal, “ad hoc” approach to IoT security, such as using firewalls to secure individual devices. Less than one-quarter integrate security processes into their IoT workflow.

Of course, there are plenty of challenges beyond security hampering broader IoT adoption, including:

  • Proper staffing and data analytics. Finding employees with the right job skills can be difficult, especially ones capable of analyzing all the data that IoT devices deliver.
  • Ability to capitalize on edge computing. Most organizations use IoT devices to collect data, then send it to the cloud or a data center for processing. However, highly valuable real-time monitoring and data analysis requires processing data at the edge in IoT devices or gateways.
  • Internal vs. external focus. Only 40% of organizations with IoT use it to boost revenue or improve the customer experience. Most tend to use it internally to improve operations or speed products to market.

Find out more about how securely expanding IoT adoption can help your healthcare organization meet strategic goals, including improving outcomes and enhancing the patient experience.

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