The trend for medical devices to increasingly come with internet connectivity is also likely to force the NHS towards greater use of IoT. Medical devices, from blood pressure monitors to pacemakers to pill bottles and inhalers, are gaining connectivity, allowing doctors to monitor and refine treatment in real time.
In addition, the data gathered from sensors in diverse hospitals and from patients could prove hugely valuable in shaping public health interventions and central government's approach to NHS policy, especially when combined with other advances such as artificial intelligence. Another factor: increasingly, devices like the Apple Watch and wearables will be capturing more data about our long-term health, which can give doctors more data than they may currently be able to cope with.
Still, the march of IoT with the health services is pretty much unstoppable. What IoT offers -- the ability to increase efficiency and reduce the amount of time spent -- is exactly what the NHS needs.
"We have no choice -- in order to reduce costs and provide the support we need, we have to automate some of that basic data collection, and monitoring etc to free up skilled staff to focus on patient safety and patient service," Michell said.