Mobile Health Technology: Wearable DevicesSeptember 18, 2016
Wearable devices, the new paradigm shift in the healthcare industry. In 2016, the Health Care It news reported that close to $260 was spent on wearable technology, an indicator that the healthcare is betting its money on the new technology. Wearables can collect vital information from patients including lifestyle information and submit the same to their health providers in real time. If wearables are implemented in a patients life and used to provide care, they can have s positive outcome on the healthcare system.
Discussed herein are some of the benefits of mobile technology wearable devices on healthcare.
- Improved health care.
Wearables primary focus is prevention. Thus, patients often experience improved health since the acute event does not occur. For example, if the remote monitoring sends an early warning signal of complications of a cardiac patient, health providers are in an excellent position to take preventive measures to reduce the risk of an attack. Typically, there is an improvement in healthcare organizations use of the data collected from the devices for predictive and preventive analytics.
- Accurate data analytics.
In any organization, data and information help in decision making and the health industry is no exception. For instance, healthcare institutions use data analytics in some ways to improve patients outcomes, such as determining the most effective treatments for patients and predicting post-surgical complications. It is worthy to note that data analytics is as good as the data itself; thus, the data collected should be accurate. Besides, the received information is transmitted in real time to health providers, and in most circumstances, it is often more accurate than the patient recorded evidence, more succinctly when it comes to behaviors and lifestyle audit. The resultant information provided by wearable technology is of high quality.
- Increased quality of care
The more information health providers have, the higher the quality of care they can offer. Often, it is difficult to make a correct diagnosis and determine the most convenient course of treatment when given limited information. However, wearables can provide data that narrows down the options for providers. Hence, the resultant effect is better and more targeted care for treatment.
In the past, most health providers had a significant lag before they got the information that would assist them to intervene and start treatment. However, if patients used home devices, they had to contact the provider manually, or the problem would remain undetected until the next checkup. With wearables, information is sent in real time; hence an intervention can be done more rapidly.
- Reduction in cost.
Typically, routine monitoring took place in offices and required visits. Nonetheless, wearables allow remote tracking; thus the need for office visits is eliminated in most cases. It, therefore, helps in decreasing the cost for both insurance companies and patients.
The popularity of the mobile wearable technology in the healthcare industry is not just the latest technology of fad, and they are essential in diagnostics. As well, they are tools used in improving healthcare. Highlighted below are some of the devices used in mobile healthcare.
- HealthPatch Md: This is a biosensor designed to track and measure patients heart rate, skin temperature, body posture and respiratory rate. It includes fall detection; thus, it can be used at home, or in hospitals.
- Freestyle Libre Flash
Abbot company developed this device for continuous glucose monitoring system for people living with diabetes. Its primary focus is to replace the need for users to rely on glucose meters.
The Minimed with the Enlite sensor was developed to act as an artificial pancreas. It serves as a gland inside the abdomen. It aids the digestive systems while controlling blood sugar level. It was developed by Medtronic and monitors glucose level and automatically dispenses insulin in a manner that mirrors the actual pancreas.
- WristOx2: This is a pulse oximeter. It handles tasks such as measuring and monitoring users heart bit rate and blood oxygen level. It targets people who are asthmatic and have heart failures.