Healthcare industry is not limited to doctors and patients only, a third limb is now attached to it, i.e. technology. Technology has already shown its impact on medicine and operative level and slowly getting into the health and care market at provider as well as patient levels.

While technology has offered numerous ways to providers to get connected with patients in a more friendly way, it has also empowered patients to be aware of their health and take their own medical decisions based on the data provided to them.

With more and more patients getting control of their health decisions, it has attracted the most disruptive technologies of today’s time: Wearables.

Let’s dive deep into how wearable devices are bringing transformation in the way people take care of their health.

What is wearable technology?

When it comes to wearables, the first thing that comes in mind is digital watches and Fitbit that helps users monitor the number of steps they have taken in a day and the calories they burned. But today, wearables are much more than that and creating an in-depth impact on the users’ health.

Major brands are also investing in wearable devices to cater to the healthcare industry. It will help them draw learning from patients’ experience and insights. Along with that, brands can infiltrate themselves in the well-being of millions of users in this sector.

Here are some of the use cases of wearable devices in healthcare

1. Fitness tracking:

Sports activity and fitness trackers are considered as one of the most popular healthcare wearables. Most smartphones come with in-built sensors that help users measure how many steps they take every day when they ride a bike or run. These trackers might also measure pulse rate, create charts and colorful graphs to determine the ideal ways to keep users healthy and fit.

2. For Good Night’s Sleep

There are many wearables devices available in the market that automatically tracks when they go to bed, displays sleep, deep sleep, as well as the time when they fall asleep.

3. Track stress levels

Have you heard about PIP? It’s a small wearable device designed to provide immediate feedback about users’ stress levels. Its app lets users reduce stress by helping them transforming a stresses scene into a happy moment by relaxing. It also offers some tips to users along the way. All user needs to do is to hold the PIP between index finger and thumb to measure the skin conductivity. The longer users keep their stress low, the faster they will see the changes in the scene.

4. Optimal Blood Pressure

There are many wearable devices available in the market that help users monitor their blood pressure. Along with that the device measures heart rate and counts the steps taken weekly. Users are also able to set up the reminders for other issues from taking medications to taking blood pressure.

5. Keeping Track of Weight

Keeping a record of weight loss is one of the most demanding factors in today’s lifestyle. Wearables device manufacturers are focusing on creating an easy-to-use weight tracker device that not help users monitor their weight but also get information about other weight-loss factors such as unhealthy diet, irregular sleeping patterns, etc.

6. Keeping Heart Healthy

Ever heard about phone case healthcare device? AliverCor Heart: It’s a smartphone-based electrocardiogram. The device is small, slim, simple, and get attached to users’ phone case. There are 3 main divisions in this app: ECG recording, great educational portion, and collected data.

7. Healthcare remote monitoring system

There are some advanced healthcare wearable devices available that can facilitate cloud connectivity through which any crucial unevenness in a patient’s health will be directly informed to the concerned healthcare provider who treats that patient. Such devices also update the existing EMRs through cloud-based accessibility. It will not only help patients get immediate care but also provide doctors with comfort to be updated with their patients’ health state even without taking physical follow-ups.

8. Social Impact

Wearable technology and mhealth can be used for social causes like monitoring the health of children and mothers in rural areas of developing countries. Companies are taking steps to aware people living in the remote regions and don’t have means to travel long just for regular health check-ups. When healthcare mixed with technology, provides a simple solution to every user to get treatment anywhere, anytime.

9. Make the most of your workout

Healthcare wearable devices can help you with your workout. These devices not only provide effective tips with you but also become your personal fitness trainer. You can get insights from your performance report and make informative decisions. Some wearable devices can also provide you with real-time feedback on how is your training going and what can you do to improve it.

10. Postoperative care

Wearable devices can enable providers to help patients with their post-operative care at home instead of taking hospital visits for follow-ups. These devices are able to track several health conditions like heart functioning, blood pressure, and gastric simulation. It works as a medium between doctors and patients to keep a track of patients’ condition.

Some wearable tech stats

With the continuous advancements in wearable technology today especially in the field of the health sector, here are a few interesting statistics:

  1. As per the Huffington Post, by the end of 2018, the number of healthcare wearable devices that shipped to consumers would be expected to cross 130 million.
  2. Smart or autonomous wearables are projected to reach around 300 million units by the year 2020 with a 55% compound annual growth rate.
  3. According to the Soreon Research estimates, healthcare wearable devices will save around 1.3 million lives. It has also been estimated that the market for wearable technology will expand to more than $40 billion by 2020.

Wrapping up,

From a medical point of view, wearable devices offer numerous possibilities for the healthcare industry. From healthcare service providers to wearable app developers to healthcare regulators, everyone is embracing the potential of wearable technology and providing better patient outcomes.

Ritesh PatilTechnology
Healthcare industry is not limited to doctors and patients only, a third limb is now attached to it, i.e. technology. Technology has already shown its impact on medicine and operative level and slowly getting into the health and care market at provider as well as patient levels. While technology has offered numerous ways...