Wearable technology has often faced a lot of skepticism. While their impact has been limited so far, the experts are expecting a boom in the future for wearables in healthcare. This growth will be in high-tech medical products like smart pills, smart patches, and other forms of treatments.
The future of wearable technology will probably see a partnership of the industry giants to produce stylish gadgets that can have boundless solutions.
Wearables in Healthcare
In the healthcare industry, wearable technology has been used for manufacturing hearing aids, pacemakers, and activity tracking devices. Also, there are tools that ensure effective investigation of facts like heart rate, blood pressure, calories burnt, sugar content, and more that are being developed by wearable app makers. The upcoming years will see major advancements that eliminate the need to have bulky files for each patient. All the important information will be made available on the applications on the wearables.
In the last decades, we have seen an increase in the usage of wearable technology. In 2017 alone, over 77 million wearables were used.
The growth of wearables in the healthcare industry and the necessity for more data about the present and future health of patients are key elements spurring the market. In the future, wearables will focus more on embedding wearables in clothing, electronic skins, and skin patches.
Here are some of the things you should know about wearable technology and why it is being rapidly adopted in healthcare –
Significant data from wearables
In cardiology, wearable devices that are being used can provide information on the heart rhythm and the behavior of the patient. You can also get information like blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and breathing patterns.Wearables will carry an incredible amount of data and in the near future, the data will find its way into electronic health records.
Wearable data hold the potential to be the future of healthcare
Experts have been discussing how wearable devices might have a vital role in patient-centered preventive care. The promise of the data that wearable devices pick up and transmit can help transform the healthcare from preventive care to delivering reactionary care.
A wide array of different types of wearable technology
Typically, when people think about wearable devices, they think of fitness trackers or other smart electronic devices that are worn on the body. However, there are a number of different types of devices, including devices that are implantable, and the first FDA-approved pills that can track the patient’s adherence.
AbilifyMyCite comes with an ingestible sensor which is embedded in the pill and it transmits messages to a wearable patch. The patch will then transmit the information to mobile applications.
FDA has approved this pill, which is an antipsychotic and is used for treating schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. This holds the potential to be a major game changer in treating mental health disorders and similar diseases where medication adherence can be a challenge.
Wearable data useful in clinical trials
The digital technology is highly useful as it allows investigators to reimagine the clinical trials. Wearables are a source from which trials can collect information like the heart rate, amount of sleep, amount of physical activity, and more. Wearables will allow data to be collected and produce a more representative picture of what should be done with the experimental drug as they go about their daily lives.
Outcomes of the data in wearables remain unclear
As the wearables technology is still in its early stages, there isn’t conclusive proof that wearables will actually improve the outcome of the patients.
While there might not be enough evidence yet that show wearables and data collected actually impact the outcomes in a meaningful way but it doesn’t necessarily mean they can’t.