Healthcare, medicine, and surgical techniques are constantly improving. Patient care has become more précised and personalized. In fact, in many cases, monitoring the patient’s health no longer requires doctor visits.
According to Forbes, wearable technologies paired with (AI) artificial intelligence can predict the onset of inactive disease conditions, such as those affecting the heart. It is further estimated that the next 25 years would see wearable making global cost savings of about $200 billion in healthcare.
Also, wearable devices allow patients to be more active in maintaining their health. They can keep up with everything from reproductive cycles to heart rate, while the doctors use the data to make individualized healthcare plans.
Wearables are becoming more prominent in the routine management of chronic illness and other medical conditions. Are they perfect? No! But, still, it’s an advance technology worth noting. Here are some of the prominent players of wearables used in healthcare:
Smart Health Watch
They were once only used for counting steps, and time has now transformed into a clinically feasible healthcare tool. They can track the number of steps taken by the user, sleep patterns, and help them know how many hours they had a sound sleep and how many interrupted sleep. It comes handy when it comes to setting reminders for your next goal, be it a workout routine or a business meeting.
Smart health watches also feature apps to monitor user’s heart rates and alert patients who experience atrial fibrillation. For instance, Apple has launched a “movement disorder API” that allows you to monitor Parkinson’s disease symptoms continuously. Smart health watch users can perform tasks like read notifications, make phone calls, send a simple message, and offers health tracking benefits.
Wearable Fitness Trackers
These are some of the simplest forms of wearable technology are the wristbands having in-built sensors that help keep track of the user’s physical activity and monitor heart rate. The wearer can easily sync the device to various smartphone apps. These wristbands use Bluetooth to keep you notified while exercising and workouts.
The product development process in these trackers is done by the best engineering team that helps show you how long you have been active, your progress and push you harder towards your fitness goals. One of the benefits of these is you can track how your calories and work out align, so you know how many calories you intake during the day.
These are again wearable medical devices but are different from smartwatches and wristbands. It is a self-adhesive patch that can monitor both electrical and biochemical signals in the human body in real-time. This device has a number of applications and often used by athletes tracking their fitness regime and doctors managing cardiovascular diseases of patients.
These wearable devices, together with the smart apps and smartphones, are revolutionizing the healthcare industry by improving patient outcomes and reducing staff workload.
Wearable ECG Monitors
What keeps these distinct from some smartwatches is the ability to track a patient’s heart performance while involving in physically demanding activities. The user can set goals to achieve the target heart rate, especially when someone is recovering from an injury or hasn’t indulged in physical activity for a long period.
Further, it also sends alarms to the recipients if they are facing Atrial fibrillation or heart anomaly. This helps the doctors to be prepared before the patient is admitted to the hospital. Remember, when admitting in the hospital, every second matter for both the patient and doctors.
Wearable technology reduces hospital visits due to poorly managed personal health and motivates people towards better health. Some takeaways from the reports show how digital health solutions like digital therapeutics, wearable, and more support the progress towards the digital future in healthcare!