Technology seems to be growing exponentially these days. We even wear it. Take a look around and most wrists will be donning the latest health tracking devices. Some of the different forms of wearables are fitness trackers or health bands, intelligent shirts, medical shoes, smart eyeglasses, etc. Early gadgets like Google Glass helped give a kick start to this technology, and now with sophisticated devices like Valedo Back Therapy, Quell Relief, and HealthPatchMD, this wearable trend looks like it’s here to stay. Of course, this leads to questions. Apart from being a trend, are these devices going to create an impact in healthcare?
How does it work?
There are many personal and health issues like weight gain, low productivity, etc. that can be cause by inactivity. And hitting the gym may not be very convenient for everyone. That being said, it has been agreed that health bands or fitness trackers are game changers. They let you compete with yourself, help you lose weight, track caloric intake, distance travelled, heart rate and even sleep.
Most of these devices contain sensors that gather raw data which is analyzed by a software. If it’s good news, it might send a congratulatory message to the individual and in case of bad news, alert a physician.
Where is wearable technology headed?
It is safe to say that wearable technology plays an important role in the transformation of healthcare. It is evolving to be more helpful to patients by bringing care to them which means they don’t always have to visit a medical facility. In other words, the gadgets are becoming smaller and more mobile which is a big change from the traditional methods of treating patients, undergoing tests and collecting data.
These devices are also being used to gather data by monitoring participants for academic research studies. And it goes without saying that they are very useful and in demand for physical wellness and fitness.
Wearable technology seems to be going in the right direction and will benefit a lot of people as long as it never leads to ethical issues.