How wearable technology is revolutionizing healthcare

How wearable technology is revolutionizing healthcare

One of the biggest technological trends in recent history is the idea of wearable tech devices. While many of these gadgets have been created for personal or recreational use, their convenience and easy-to-use features have quickly ushered them into a number of professional industries. As the health care sector moves toward an increasingly digital presence, it is no wonder that wearable tech has started being adapted for medical care purposes. Take a look at some of the ways this trend is making waves in the health information technology world. 

Self-care
Exercise and wearable technology are a perfect match, which is why many companies have been creating devices specifically geared toward this union of activity and digital convenience. According to Information Week, some of the most notable brands creating wearable fitness devices include Nike, FitBit and Jawbone.

While many exercise enthusiasts, or people looking for weight loss assistance, have turned to smartphone apps to help keep them on track with their goals, these gadgets take fitness tracking to the next level. Many of them work alongside apps but do not require you to input your own information – instead, you simply wear the item while you workout and any data collected gets entered into the program automatically. This helps keep information updated and accurate, better enabling you to accomplish and adjust your goals. 

Edison Nation Medical noted that wearable tech will likely be useful for people dealing with chronic diseases as well. For example, devices that could monitor things like food intake, blood and heart rate could help take some of the guesswork out of personal health management. 

Patient exams 
According to Edison Nation Medical, 50 percent of doctors surveyed believe that about 10 percent of all patient visits could be done virtually. However, traditional technology, like laptops or desktop computers, or even updated devices, like tablets and smartphones, present some obstacles to achieving productive digital exams. Since wearable devices are inherently hands-free, these gadgets could be useful for making the idea of online appointments a reality. 

Even the healthiest patients need to see their physicians in person occasionally, and Information Week reported that wearable devices are expected to revolutionize doctor-patient interactions right in the exam room. The source points to the brand Augmedix, which has developed a Google Glass-like product that allows medical care providers to see patient health records right in front of their faces as they perform an exam.