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To care for a growing and aging population, it is necessary to track every patient’s piece of equipment and medications to improve health and safety. With the help of technology, monitoring this information without the need of medical facility visits is becoming more common. Technology has also been shown to improve the well-being of people by helping them make healthy decisions, and it is all possible because of the internet of things (Maksimovi?, Vujovi?, & Peri?i?, 2015). The internet of things helps monitor personal health data through objects connected to the internet. For healthcare purposes, a smartwatch has the ability to detect one’s health status with the use of biological markers measuring heart rate and physical activity. Once this information is collected, it is sent to sensors located around the world which then upload this information to the internet to make it accessible for health caregivers (e.g. physician or nurse). With this feature, caregivers now have the ability to save time by monitoring patients’ health with portable and wearable devices rather than having to manually visit each patient, give a remote diagnosis, and track medical aids. This provides quality care more quickly, and makes managing the healthcare environment more efficient (Patel et al., 2012).The Internet of Things is currently providing caregivers access to a high volume of patient health data. However, this high volume of data is also received at a high velocity. To achieve healthcare facilities’ objectives (e.g. providing high quality patient care at a low cost), new analytical approaches and technology are necessary to keep up with the velocity in which data is being received. Therefore, it is essential for project steering committees to currently focus on innovations in new products and services that can efficiently analyze a high volume of incoming health data to provide high quality healthcare value.