Digital Salutem
08 September 2021

Wearables are one of the hottest topics in digital health

By João Bocas
Wearables and on-body devices are one of the hottest topics in digital health

The emergence of wearables in healthcare is beginning to change the way people monitor their own health, while the information it provides is being used for everything from simple data-collection to managing clinical trials. Wearables are proliferating faster than anyone would have thought possible just a few years ago. One of the most amazing things about wearables is that they seem poised to become bigger than any category, and without cannibalizing any other category.

Wearables share data to improve patients lives

While the excitement of new digitized devices, platforms and wellness solutions abounds, many healthcare teams are still wondering how they can apply digital health solutions to improve outcomes, increase efficiency and improve quality of care—while meeting ever-changing federal, state and payer demands.

By integrating these tech with a patient’s medical history and family health records, tech companies can share data that delivers a more accurate diagnosis and a prescription that is perfectly tailored to the individual. This actionable, tech-infused information will help consumers live healthier lives.

Mobile healthcare is an emerging trend

Mobile healthcare is an emerging trend where patients download health apps to their smart phones. They can use these apps by contacting or keep track of different health attributes including sleep, steps, heart rate etc.

The mobile industry has been rapidly growing and is now a $3.8 trillion business. Mobile healthcare is an emerging trend where patients download health apps to their smart phones. These apps optimize patient engagement by allowing the user to contact their healthcare facility or keep steady track of different attributes of the user’s health including sleep patterns, steps and blood sugar levels. The number of mobile healthcare apps continues to increase with the goal to prevent, manage or treat diseases. But with few barriers to entry

For example, there are more than 1,100 diabetes management apps but only three of them have been rated clinically acceptable. “There is a need to involve patients, clinicians, relevant professional bodies and policy makers to define what makes an app a ‘diabetes management’ app. This would include defining the minimum features necessary for an app to be classified in this category,” an academic article examining diabetes management apps recommends.

As more people start using mobile apps to help them monitor their health, there’s an increase in the use of these devices. This provides an opportunity for health care companies to start creating new uses for mobile apps, including fall detection programs and heart rate monitoring. Health apps can now be used as a surveillance system to keep an eye on senior patients and athletes alike for subtle changes in their activity and heart rate.

 

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