How wearable medical devices have changed the game
Smartwatches and wearable medical devices have made it possible for people to monitor their health 24/7, and these innovations are just continuing to shape the medical industry and change the way that people function day by day.
Thanks to sensors and artificial intelligence, millions of people are able to monitor, detect and manage different chronic health conditions and other illnesses on devices that can be worn on their wrists.
What even is the role of technology in the healthcare industry?
If we look at ancient medicine and the way that medicine was practiced hundreds of years ago, technology within medicine has been an essential part of the development and growth of medicine and patient care. It has completely reshaped how patient care, drug development, hospital management, and treatment courses are viewed and performed and all of this is made possible by data.
Innovation in the technological space within healthcare has allowed for current systems to be optimised, physician’s work to be streamlined, and for human error to be lowered significantly when it comes to patient care.
So where do wearable medical devices come in?
Since wearable medical devices were first introduced, the advancement in sensors and artificial intelligence has changed the game for many that have chronic health conditions that need to be monitored and controlled on a daily basis. Previously, smartwatches were used to help people get fit, lose weight and improve their personal best running pace. However, due to the improvements in hardware, software, and apps, these devices have become somewhat personalised health clinics on the user’s wrist. The devices now have the ability to not only monitor a heart rate but to detect certain abnormalities such as atrial fibrillation which could be a major cause of a stroke. Due to these improvements, the percentage of people using them for chronic conditions and symptom detection will increase.
It doesn’t just stop there though, semiconductors and artificial intelligence are allowing these devices to measure blood volume variations and insights are given to users’ in terms of their stress levels, heart patterns, and more.
All of these improvements make it possible for people to track their health 24/7 and pick up any signs of abnormalities before they become dangerous to their health. We can’t argue with the fact that “wearable healthcare technology is gaining widespread popularity, primarily owing to its ease of use and flexibility”.
The potential of Wearable Technology and where it could take us in the future
With wearable technology, patients are able to take their health into their own hands. This sense of ownership and responsibility then allows them to track and improve their health with the information being made available to them through their watches. Soon watches will be able to monitor blood pressure and signs of hypertension can be detected early enough for it to be addressed. Symptoms can be measured for illnesses like Covid-19 straight from someone’s home and this will only continue to grow and expand in the future. Gone are the days where chronic illnesses are discovered too late and hospital beds are filled by patients who need night and day monitoring.
In the long run…
Medical wearable technology gives the power back to patients to take control of their own health but also gives health care workers a greater ability to provide care and attention to those who need it most. Since healthcare workers are starting to see the value in these devices, market penetration will increase and rapid development will mean that more of these devices will be incorporated into the healthcare system. This innovation has massive potential to change and improve how care is provided to patients and their needs.
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