Zebra Technologies Corporation has released survey results that indicate that nearly all surveyed healthcare organisations agree that the Internet of Things (IoT) will be the most strategic technological initiative their institution will undertake this decade.

The survey, conducted in October 2014 by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Zebra Technologies, showed that 90% of healthcare IT departments are prepared to make the necessary changes to implement IoT solutions.

52% of all respondents already have some form of IoT solution in place or are in the process of implementing an IoT solution, while another 30% have plans to do so within the next year.

Most respondents expect IoT solutions to provide real-time operational data – creating a safer work environment with greater regulatory compliance, improved operations and an enhanced patient experience.

More than 70% of respondents cited WiFi as the most important technology for enabling IoT solutions. Real-time locating systems (RTLS), security sensors and barcodes were also noted for their importance.

Healthcare decision makers listed security solutions, cloud services and data analytics as the most important IoT solutions for their industry.

On the findings, Director, Global Healthcare Practice at Zebra Technologies, Laurie Eldridge-Shanaman, said: “The IoT offers unparalleled opportunities for the healthcare industry. From enabling physicians to accurately track a patient’s health over time to better managing patient data across the healthcare continuum, IoT can advance the industry by providing visibility and process optimisation to enhance the patient experience.”

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