Healthcare News & Tech
October 10, 2016
With the advent of such handy and on-the-go wearable tech as smart watches, Fitbit, and even virtual reality, it’s no surprise that the healthcare industry is on board with these advances. Wearable tech is often seen as a luxury, but when it comes to healthcare, what is considered a convenience now could well become the norm – even a necessity.
Healthcare providers are already beginning to use wearable tech to monitor patients’ vital signs and other data remotely, reducing the need for in-person checkups and increasing the accuracy and efficiency of data collected while patients live their day-to-day lives.
In a 2014 report by Soreon Research, wearables were linked to a “deep transformation of the healthcare sector.” This is no exaggeration, as wearable healthcare tech directs focus from treatment to prevention, from a general approach of treatment to a more individualized, patient-specific approach.
At CES 2016, a plethora of new and upcoming smart tech was revealed, showcasing a growing market for wearable tech in healthcare. Some of these new products included:
If these devices seem too cumbersome and bulky, another option for wearable tech is skin-worn patches. Perhaps the most appealing option, patches would appeal to patients and medical professionals alike for a few reasons:
With so many benefits to its use, wearable tech has an undoubtedly bright future in healthcare. It’s especially exciting because it makes life easier for not only medical professionals, but patients as well. By incorporating healthcare into daily life, it becomes a habit instead of an inconvenience. Technology should always strive for increased efficiency and convenience, and wearable healthcare tech aims to do just that.
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