There is an increase in the number of people that want to monitor their own health. Due to these new consumer demands wearable technology is becoming an enormous market. While the trend may have started as people wearing fitness technology there are many wearable health tech products that companies and insurers are supplying.
Wearable technology in healthcare are electronic devices that are designed to collect data of users’ health and exercise information. These products include things such as smartwatches and Fitbits. More and more people want to take control of their own health and their desire to do so has greatly influenced the medical industry. Now, things such as wearable monitors are being developed so that consumers can track their personal health activity.
Blood Pressure Monitors
The first wearable blood pressure monitor was launched in 2019 by Omron Healthcare. The “HeartGuide” looks like a normal smartwatch, however it measures blood pressure and keeps track of daily activity. Data about the steps the user takes that day, the amount of calories being burned, and the distances traveled are all measured.
HeartGuide can store up to 100 readings in it’s memory and the device allows the data to be transferred to a mobile app. By allowing users to store, track, and then share their health data with physicians, these blood pressure monitors are allowing people to gain insights into how their habits are affecting their blood pressure.
What sets the ECG monitors apart from smartwatches is the devices ability to measure electrocardiograms. The ECG then sends the readings to the doctor and can detect atrial fibrillation. Furthermore, the ECG monitors keep track of the users elevation, pace, and distance. It also collects and tracks data about walking, running, biking, and even swimming.
Biosensors are very different from other wearable technology because instead of a smartwatch, the sensors are a self-adhesive patch. The patch allows the user to move around normally, while it collects data on their heart and respiratory rates, body temperature, and movement. These biosensor patches can actually help to prevent respiratory or cardiac arrest. By helping reduce a patient’s health deterioration this piece of wearable health tech can improve the outcomes for many patients and even reduce the amount of work that medical staff usually performs.
Overall, the introduction of new wearable health technology will have lasting effects on the lives of everyone. As these devices track users health data the amount of hospital visits will be greatly reduced, as will readmissions due to mismanaged health problems. Allowing people to engage in their own health can offer healthcare professionals a plethora of benefits as well. The trend is already influencing insurance companies and other providers to begin using the wearable health monitoring devices to their advantage.
Since consumers are being projected to increase the amount of wearable technology they use, it is fair to say that the device connectivity industry will continue to expand at increasingly rapid rates. The technology will, inevitably, become more conventional, and in turn, more popular. As the door opens for everyone to become proactive in their health management, healthy lifestyles will be on the rise.