Wearables in Healthcare

In recent years, wearable technology has played a prominent role in today’s healthcare transformation. Wearables are closely intertwined with an evolving healthcare delivery model. With this new model, care is being brought to the patient, wherever he or she is, rather than the patient having to visit a medical facility.

The wearable device can be used to keep a close-eye on the patient. Wearable devices come in various forms such as wristbands, watches, headbands, eyeglasses. Most contain sensors that gather raw data which is then fed to a database or software application for analysis. This analysis typically triggers a response. They can also be viewed at a later time by connecting this device to a computer and opening it’s memory or nowadays even viewed by uploading the data on the cloud & then remotely accessing it using a software. For example, it might alert a physician to contact a patient who is experiencing abnormal symptoms or it might send a congratulatory text message when an individual achieves a fitness or diet goal.

There have been improvements made to the technology and this is the latest tech available in the market right now

For measuring a good night’s rest

  • Pebble Time: measuring your sleep is only one of the built-in health tracking applications available to the Pebble Time family of smartwatches. Developed by Pebble in collaboration with researchers at Stanford University, Pebble Health automatically tracks when you go to bed, displaying sleep, deep-sleep, and the times when you fall asleep and wake up.

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For tracking your fitness

  • Fitbit Surge: Of all the brands of fitness trackers on the market, Fitbit is the best-known, and for good reason. This touch-screen wristwatch not only tracks your steps and sleep, but also alerts you to incoming phone calls and text messages, keeps tabs on your heart rate with a built-in optical heart rate monitor and uses GPS to track outdoor activity. GPS is especially useful, as you don’t have to take your phone with you when you run or bike to track exercise. The tracker is reliable, easy to use and connects you to a great community with whom you can share your activities and even compete for the first place earned by the fittest.

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For checking your stress levels

  • PIP: a tiny device designed to give immediate feedback about your stress levels. Its smartphone app helps you learn how to reduce stress by having you transform a depressing scene into a happy one by actively relaxing, giving you tips along the way. You just hold the PIP device between the thumb and index fingers to measure skin conductivity for a few minutes. The longer you can keep stress low, the faster the scene changes.

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For checking your Blood Pressure

  • Withings Blood Pressure: one of the earliest connected devices available on the market. It consists of an app connecting through Bluetooth to the blood pressure monitor itself. The app measures your heart rate, blood pressure and also counts the steps you take weekly. The Withing’s several useful features include the ability to set the monitor to take three measurements and report the average, which is consistent with medical recommendations. You can also set up reminders for various issues from taking your blood pressure to taking your medications.

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For monitoring your Heart Rate

  • AliveCor Heart Monitor: a mobile phone based electrocardiogram. The tiny, slim and simple device attaches to your phone case. Its app has three main divisions: ECG recording, collected data, and a great educational portion. A great use for the AliveCor Heart Monitor is during an experience of symptoms that you have described to your physician in the past. Palpitations, for example, can come and go at random, and relevant data from the actual episodes yields helpful insights for healthcare providers.

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For measuring your body temperature

  • Viatom Checkme: the world’s first medical tricorder, a proper medical multitool. It not only measures your body temperature, but also traces ECG, measures pulse rate and rhythm, oxygen saturation, systolic blood pressure, physical activity and sleep. It only takes a second for the device to determine whether you have a fever and should visit your physician, or you are completely healthy and can continue your day as planned.

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For helping you meditate effectively

Muse headband: the brain sensing headband helps you get the most out of your meditation practice by giving you real time biofeedback of what is going on in your mind. The Muse is not some dystopian headset trying to alter your brain. Instead its makers, InteraXon want to train you to alter it yourself. The routine is simple. You put the Muse headset on, you complete the breathing exercises to the sound of waves (neutral), storms (bad) and tweeting birds (good) which indicate how focused and calm you are. If your mind is too active, the Muse gives you feedback to help you clear your thoughts.

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These are just a few wearable devices available in the market at the moment. Over time, there shall be many more advancements on this front and you can read about them here.

[Courtesy- http://medicalfuturist.com]

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