The Role of Wearables in Digital Health

Wearable technologies have made the switch from niche gadgets to mainstream mainstays as more people are becoming users that want to influence and control their own health. It’s truly inspirational to see companies surpassing year-on-year growth with the latest inventive wear containing heart level monitors, pedometers, and calories pawns, to name a few. A big focus has been adopted to refine a patient’s experience within severe care, restoration, and community-based care amenities, with wearables supporting patient’s in making the transition from hospital care to independent self-care.

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There is an increasing trend toward preemptive healthcare which is aimed at protecting patient care and maintaining private well-being while lessening the frequency of hospital calls. Wearable technology can just be the tool we requisite to main better and more vigorous lives, serving us take health into our own hands. With an alert (and stylish) tool attached to our wrists, we have actionable data to monitor and recover our lifestyles and avoid hospital waiting rooms. A few clicks of a button can even sync data to a personal health record (such as, Microsoft HealthVault) eventually providing medical professionals with real-time vision into the lives of their patients.

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The latest innovations

There is no enchanted treatment or cascade of youth that will keep us healthy; we must work hard to uphold and recover our well-being. Using wearables, such as the newly launched TomTom Touch Fitness tracker, can aid us track our exercise and goals. TomTom Touch can support us in taking longer steps to a more active and healthier future.

Even though many of the existing wearables stretched the market ages ago, some of the apparatus was also hard to use or invasive. Today’s wearables with built-in sensors and multiple purposes are innovatory in personal medicine. Not only do they protect thousands of lives and offer doctors with more inclusive visions into their patients’ circumstance, they also save business costs and hasten time to market.

To better comprehend the difficulty of the healthcare wearable-technologies market, let’s classify wearables and describe their objective users. Today’s smart devices usually divide into the following groups:

Smart bands (activity/fitness trackers)

• Smart watches

• Smart glasses

• Smart sensors (ingestible sensors)

A transformational year in healthcare

The year 2016 may well go down as the year of wearable technology. The influence of wearables is already being utilised in education, retail, financial technology and entertainment, but perhaps the greatest potential lies in healthcare. Wearable technology sectors have the potential to transform healthcare by assisting doctors in the operating room and providing real time access to electronic health records.

The full potential of wearable technology in healthcare extends well beyond simply assisting doctors. Patients can now monitor their own health without intervention. At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sony, LG and Garmin introduced devices that track everything from heart rate and blood pressure to a patient's O2 saturation. By 2018, the overall number of wearable devices shipped to consumers is predictable to reach 130 million. With such acceptance on the part of the public, wearables are perhaps the perfect application to keep us all healthier and happier.

Author : João Bocas – Wearables Expert , Digital Health Influencer & Speaker

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"The Role of Wearables in Digital Health" First published on Company Connecting October 2016

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