They’re called wearables and they may help to bring big changes to healthcare. Wearables are devices like smart watches and fitness trackers. About one-fourth of all Americans use them, and since the pandemic, the demand for the devices has only increased.
In addition to the more widely used smartwatches, wearables also include wristbands, headbands, belts, adhesive patches, jewelry and clothing.
Information in Real Time
The devices enable people to monitor and manage their health, particularly if they have chronic conditions. Moreover, because the devices send a constant flow of data in real time, they also have the potential to enable doctors and pharmacists to track their patients’ health situation in real time remotely. This enables healthcare providers to give the kind of personalized care not possible before wearables. The mechanism can alert providers to a potential health problem and enable them to administer care to the person quickly before the situation becomes more severe.
The first wearables on the market only tracked users’ steps and pulse. Now, however, they have become much more sophisticated and can monitor a range of functions, including blood pressure, stress levels, seizure activity, blood sugar levels, calories burned, sleep cycles, heart rate variability, blood oxygen saturation, and blood flow.
Useful for Chronic Conditions
Wearables are especially suited for people who have chronic conditions.
These devices enable patients to become more involved in the management of their illness. Because people can track a variety of bodily functions, like caloric intake or physical activity, they have the information to make better decisions about their lifestyle.
Because the devices can gather and store a large amount of data, they also enable patients to better treat conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
For example, there are wearables that monitor blood pressure and heart rhythm. These devices can help people detect and manage problems like arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and stroke.
Continuous glucose monitors also help people to better manage diabetes.
Having health information immediately available also helps doctors and pharmacists to more effectively treat patient conditions. Healthcare providers no longer have to wait until the patient goes to the office. With the information from the wearables, the provider can make a quick assessment of a drug’s effectiveness and whether a change in treatment needs to be made.
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