July 17, 2019
The healthcare industry has moved beyond the traditional approaches to delivering services. In this era, healthcare is modernized by innovations in technology. Wearable devices and smart healthcare gadgets are increasingly gaining popularity because they can provide healthcare services at an affordable cost.
With the advent of smartphones and wearable healthcare technology, it has become possible to monitor your health in real-time. You can check your vital signs like heart rate, pulse, etc. and track your health on different metrics. You can track how many steps you walked or how much weight have you lost or gained in a month.
Wearable devices like Fitbit, sensor-based monitors, etc. have also simplified the entire process of healthcare delivery. By recording data on a regular basis, healthcare providers get a complete overview of the patient’s health. They can prepare reports from the data based on their sleep cycle, blood pressure, calories, etc. and proceed with the treatment in the best way.
Not only this, technology has transformed existing devices as well. Today, pacemakers can be connected with wireless networks to provide data to the healthcare provider in real-time. Their size has also reduced dramatically. The data from such wearable devices is crucial in cases where life and death matters are involved. Accurate and real-time information can help doctors make quick decisions in emergency cases.
The data accumulated by wearable devices
◙ Better Communication with Healthcare Providers
Wearable technology has transformed the way patients and clinicians communicate. Earlier, the patient had to fill out several forms providing their information. The doctor assessed on the basis of this information and their medical history which may or may not be accurate. The information about health and lifestyle may also be obsolete which could stop them from making better decisions.
With modern technology, wearable devices enable patients to record healthcare information in real-time. Even before the doctor diagnoses the patient, the collected data is processed so that their problems can be narrowed down and quick treatment plan can be made.
◙ Better Prescription Management
Prescriptions are traditionally given on a piece of paper which the patient gave to the pharmacy and got the prescription. With modern technology, the clinician can now directly send the prescription to the pharmacy. This ensures that the right prescription is given and the patients can receive the medicine on time. It also enables pharmacies to maintain complete control over the misuse of the doctor’s prescriptions.
Through wearable technology, patients can record when their prescription is over. The pharmacy can remind the patient of getting a refill and helping them pick up the medicine. This leaves no chances of error as the data has provided accurate information on as to when to get the medicine. It prevents an overdose of medicines, abuse of medicine, pharmacy mixing up prescriptions, etc. and leads to better care delivery for the patient.
◙ Predictive Health Analysis
One of the major benefits of wearable healthcare technology is that it enables a predictive analysis of the patient’s health. This serves an important objective of care delivery — proactive rather than reactive.
There are several wearable devices that analyse the information of a patient and provide a complete predictive analysis of their situation. Lief Therapeutics has developed one such device that allows patients to better train their physical and mental reactions to stressful situations. The devices measure the heart rate and breathing to enable patients in responding gently to stress through different exercises.
Devices that involve predictive analysis are shown to improve self-regulation. Patients can monitor their own moods and behaviours and take preventive action before anything goes down. This not only improves their lives but also adds extra years through accurate predictions of their health and the steps they should take to improve it.
While such devices can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression levels, they ultimately affect the physiology of the patient. Heart attacks, Insomnia, Immune system disorders, etc. can be reduced if the patients have a good understanding of how they can control their behaviour.
◙ Awareness and Education about Health
Through wearable healthcare technology, people can record information and get educated on their health issues. They can become aware of what’s going on with their bodies and get knowledge of different situations their body might have.
With modern technology, patients can get a better understanding of their own health before consulting a doctor. This helps them to be aware of what the doctor is saying about their health and how they can improve it. They can also get educated on what steps to take, how much food they should eat, what are the effects of their condition on the overall health, etc. Patient’s education about their own health is a crucial factor in improving their overall condition as they can trust the doctor better if they know what he or she is talking about. Apart from them, it is essential that patients are aware so that they can understand the treatment process and are able to align with the healthcare providers for better care delivery.
The multiplication in healthcare technology has transformed the way patients perceived healthcare providers and vice versa. Companies are utilizing big data analytics along with wearable healthcare technology to derive meaningful insights from the collected information.
As patients seek better ways of healthcare delivery, healthcare providers experiment with technology to offer the best services to them. There is a high competition in the healthcare sector as technology becomes cheaper and healthcare providers are continuously leveraging wearable devices to
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