IoT Transformation in Pharmaceuticals

  • February 22, 2018

    IoT Transformation in Pharmaceuticals

    Industrial IoT is a network of devices with sensors that collect data and can communicate with one another or with the people who operate them. Manufacturers are increasingly leveraging the data produce by their machines to discover bottlenecks and capitalize on their assets.

    IoT Increasing Manufacturing Efficiency

    Most industries are poised for transformation with advancements in artificial intelligence, blockchain technology and IoT. The pharmaceutical industry is no different. A PharmTech article outlines some of the benefits of industrial internet of things (IIoT) in pharmaceutical manufacturing.

    Andrew Whytock of Siemens sees large-scale benefits for pharma similar to other industries. These revolve around data providing insights for bettering performance. In a manufacturing environment, improving equipment utilization, increasing throughput and preventing breakdowns are all keys to delivering products faster and a lower cost to the end consumer. Better manufacturing according to Whytock will also lead to smaller-scale manufacturing tailored to specific drugs and individualized production.

    Mark Bottomley of Rockwell Automation advocates that pharma manufacturers that implement IoT will more easily meet industry requirements and regulation standards. With smarter manufacturing plants and IoT solutions, manufacturers gain better visibility from production to distribution. They can also more easily track and trace products in the event of any issues or recalls. Insight at this level will not only improve manufacturing efficiency but also product safety.

    IoT for Better Patient Outcomes

    CIO Review identifies four major areas where IoT will transform the pharmaceutical industry: patient care, sensors, logistics and data organization. IoT in pharma will have even more profound effects on patient outcomes. IoT devices help monitor patients remotely both in clinical and day-to-day settings. Data collection from IoT devices helps patients making lifestyle changes target and track their goals. In more serious cases, IoT devices can monitor vital signs of patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. The data derived from IoT health devices will help healthcare professionals tailor both lifestyle and medication recommendations for patients to attain their best possible health outcomes.