Internet of everything
Internet of everything

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Internet of everything

Session 5: Bringing it all together

5.1 Modelling an IoE solution

One of the fastest developing areas in the application of the IoE is in healthcare. While there are many other solutions. This case study gives an excellent insight into how one common need for all of humanity can be improved by the use of pervasive technologies on the IoE.

The IoE is already improving the healthcare industry. The video demonstrates how the IoE is being used in every aspect of healthcare.

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When we think about connectivity, we think about the easy stuff, right? Phones, tablets, computers. Well, today we're going to explore how these connections create a vast, new world of previously unconnected experiences.
After all, there are more people connected than ever before. Technology is powering more business processes than ever. Last year alone we created more data than the past 5,000 years combined.
Well, the number of connected devices is growing rapidly every year, and it's called "the internet of everything." It's dramatically changing the way we live, work, play, and learn. Come on. Let's go take a look.
Welcome to the doctor's office, where we've taken a routine visit and combined it with the internet of everything to see how our world is changing. We're going to use this visit to the doctor not just to illustrate the internet of everything but also to showcase how Cisco is changing the way businesses manage security threats on the back end to make sure a patient electronic medical records and the medical groups' vast amounts of data remain secure.
Now our first stop is in the nurse's station. Now imagine that an ozone alert has just caused a respiratory issue with a boy. Let's call him Aidan. He's living here in the general area, and his parents immediately log into this connected health portal and communicate with the nurse to find out whether or not a visit is required to keep the boy healthy and out of trouble.
The nurse is also logged into this DX650. Using the Android-based platform of applications, personalised to our nurse, the login on any of the phones will bring up her desktop profile. From their profile, she then has access to vital information regarding Aidan in the electronic medical record.
Well, it turns out an office visit is going to be necessary. So, knowing Aidan is coming in, the staff decides to locate a heart-monitor machine. The hospital has placed an RFID tag on this device so they can find it instantly. No small feat, in a large facility.
But that's really just the beginning. That RFID tag can also determine utilisation and let the staff know when to schedule preventative maintenance prior to the heart monitor breaking. They could also determine when the monitor needs to be inspected for regulatory compliance or for required software upgrades. Now this is actually machine-to-machine communication created with applications and a Wi-Fi network that's location- and contextually aware.
Now we're at the doctor's desk, taking a look at the boy, Aidan, who's suffering from an asthma attack. Now we have Aidan's health-care record on the doctor's laptop, shown here on the DX80. Then we also have the same record on the iPad that the nurse can see. The patient can see this, as well, and also the billing department.
Now we use the Cisco Identity Services Engine to reconcile the patient's qualifications and content requirements. Billing will see the list of procedures, for insurance purposes. Aidan's parents will see symptoms and recommended treatments.
Now each of these encrypted requests travels back to the data centre, accesses a portion of the record, and brings it back to the device. At last, the doctor is able to get to the root of the problem. It turns out that when ships come to port and they unload their cargoes of soybeans, people downwind with soybean allergies can experience problems.
Through the internet of everything, data was pooled, which included air-quality sensors deployed by the city of San Francisco, the port of San Francisco's shipping manifests, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Data, and information from San Francisco-based allergists. Based on this realisation, our doctor uses the DX80 TelePresence for a desktop 10-ADP video to consult with the nurse regarding Aidan. The doctor could also consult with a colleague outside the practise about altering Aidan's treatment regimen.
Now these are just a few of the many new capabilities made possible through the internet of everything. We thank you for watching. And for more information on how the internet of everything is changing the way people, processes, data, and things connect to make amazing things possible, please visit
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