By David Hua, Ph.D., Ball State University

Smartphones, smartwatches, smart home devices – these technologies are having a profound impact on the health and wellness industry. The increasing connectedness of physical environments and devices through computing and communications is known as the Internet of Things (IoT) and its prevalence continues to grow.

Ball State University’s Intelligent Networked Devices Institute (INDi); Cisco Systems, Inc.; and TechPoint (Indiana’s technology industry growth accelerator) are pleased to host the “IoT & U: The Technology Revolution in Healthcare & Wellness” conference on Thursday, May 19 at the Ball State Fishers Center.

Embedded technologies can enable practitioners to monitor nearly any patient status at any time, from any location, in real time. This type of provider/patient interaction is already being accomplished with devices such as networked pacemakers and glucose meters.

How would this type of capability improve patient care in your field? Where is this technology headed? What are the legal and privacy challenges of employing such technology? Attendees will explore these questions and learn from leaders in health care, device development and academia. The keynote speaker will be Charity Rumery, Internet of Things specialist at Cisco Systems, and a previous vice president at STANLEY Healthcare.

More information and registration is available at http://indi.iweb.bsu.edu/conference.html.