Future of Wearable Technology in Healthcare
Wearable tech devices can alert users to health issues! A recent study by Apple and Standford Medical Center found that around 2161 Apple watch users out of over four lakh users received irregular heart rhythm notification indicating Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). AFib is life-threatening as it may lead to stroke.
Garmin Forerunners, FitBits, and Apple watch record personal information that provides data to users in real-time.
Today, healthcare wearables are emerging moving from fitness tracking to tracking medical health conditions with improved diagnosis and care. Wearables are the signs of the digital transformation of healthcare, enabling health providers, clinical pharmaceuticals to enhance the delivery of services by allowing patients to examine their health data.
Currently, healthcare wearable manufacturers are concentrating more on chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.
The rising popularity of wearable devices is shifting its ways to gather data. Many of the companies are using big data analytics to gather and assess information. Most clinicians can enlarge their services outside the hospital – anywhere and anytime. The data gathered through wearable tech devices will enable early detection, precaution, and better clinical solutions to patients.
Wearables are not only related to users but are drawing the attention of businesses. Companies today focus to provide cost-effective healthcare services to users with personalized information to support health awareness.
The advancement in the internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) is fueling the rapid growth of wearables in healthcare.
Well, the Internet of Health Things (IoHT) is an emerging term in the healthcare industry. IoHT refers to an amalgamation of sensor-based devices with the Internet of Things that allows communication over the internet through the cloud where data is tracked, stored and evaluated. Most of the wearable devices comprise sensors that collect data.
Due to advancements in 3D printing and circuit printing technologies, the wave of e-tattoos is soon going to spread in the healthcare industry. E-Tattoos are electronic or digital tattoos that are printed on human skin to monitor health parameters such as blood pressure, heart rate blood sugar levels and hydration in real-time.
Some of the wearables used in healthcare:
These wearable are usually smartwatches or smart bands that track fitness-related activities such as walking, jogging, calorie consumption and quality of sleep. Such devices are used by athletes or obese people to monitor their activities.
Wearables for elderly care
With the increasing elderly population, the need for wearable technology is arising. Wearables have the ability to aid elder people with disabilities. Smart glasses are most commonly used for eldercare. These glasses are a device that represents data from the background information system in front user’s eyes.
Wearable ECG and blood pressure monitors
ECG wearables measure electrocardiograms and also detect atrial fibrillation and send the readings to the doctor. The blood pressure monitor depends on sensor technology that records blood pressure through pulse reading.
Innovation and advancement in technology are set to surge the development of wearables in healthcare. Many industry giants and startups are investing in R&D to evolve novel wearables in the healthcare industry.