Technology has made steadfast progress in several avenues, and it is a relief to know that it is spearheading medical technology advances in the 21st century. Of the new trends that have hit the scene, wearable fitness technology has made itself a home- several of them incorporating themselves as the next generation smartwatches. There is very little sign of wearable fitness technology slowing down.
The ease with which one can use these to monitor their vitals has caused an increase in demand, with it going up three-fold in the past 5 years! This technology could be setting up the stage for changing the way we view medical monitoring equipment. Let us have a look…
What Are Medical Wearables?
Medical wearables include all electronic devices that consumers can wear on themselves, much like watches. These devices are designed to collect data pertaining to user health, analyze it and make it readily available in an easy to use format. The information that is being relayed is real-time, cutting short the time for the user’s access to that critical information.
What Are Some Wearable Devices That Are Being Used In The Healthcare Industry?
The advancements in this form of mobile technology have increased the demand for users to take health into their own hands, which in turn has influenced the medical industry. Here are some of the advancements that have begun setting shop:
- Smart Health Watches
Wearable tech at one point could only tell you the number of steps you took. Now, you can get a whole lot more; information from the user’s heart rhythm will alert you if you are at risk of experiencing arterial fibrillation.
Apart from telling you your heart beat, calories burnt, and the usual, you can even read messages, read the notification that pop up on your phone and even make calls. Calling it a not just a health monitor but a wearable fitness tracker cum mobile phone, makes better sense.
- Wearable ECG monitors
These are cutting edge, and are relatively new to the market. These devices are capable of monitoring electrocardiograms or ECGs. This data can then be automatically sent to the user’s doctor who can then make use of the data to gain insights related to the heart health of the person. You will also be able to track distance, elevation and pace. It can tell if you are swimming, running or biking!
These are adhesive patches that stick on to the skin and allow data regarding respiratory rate, temperature and movement, among others to be read in real-time.
There is much to be excited when it comes to the future of medical wearables and we know we are just scratching the surface of what is possible!