Technology has reached human bodies where machines and drugs can also be implanted into our bodies to deliver health-care data, often called the Internet of Bodies (IoB). And once linked to the system, the human body’s data can then be shared and controlled. Although IoB is generally seen as the future, researchers think the future is not so far away. It technique has already paved the way for the healthcare sector to make drastic improvements in the area of health data management. IoB devices were divided into three generations by Prof Andrea Matwyshyn of Northeastern University
- Body External: This includes Fitbits and Apple watches that can overlook the health of an individual. According to IDC, the overall wearables market is expected to grow from 113.2 million shipments in 2017 to 222.3 million in 2021.
- Body Internal: This includes devices like pacemakers, cochlear implants and digital pills that are inserted into the human body to monitor and control various aspects of health.
- Body Embedded: Includes melding of human bodies with external devices to have a real-time connection to a remote machine.
The Internet of Bodies eruption in networking carries with it several technology and protection issues. Each thing or being linked is subject to susceptible attacks, experts said. According to studies, last year’s 21 manufacturers find 47 vulnerabilities impacting 23-IoT powered products. Development in the IoB will always pose concerns about privacy for both consumers and medical professionals. The very functionality of this technology can be used to build a dystopian society in which all the patient’s activity is recorded, each person is constantly monitored. The Indian government has recently come through with a ‘Data Protection Bill’ focusing on securing informed user consent for using any sort of data collected from consumers.