A major component of achieving good health that results in lower healthcare costs is prevention.
That’s a no-brainer. Additionally, early detection plays a key role in the prevention of acute health problems and emerging conditions.
The rapidly growing wearables industry is helping make both prevention and early detection more readily attainable than ever before. And as wearables keep getting better, they continue to do what made them great in the first place: encouraging and nudging us to exercise more, sleep better, and eat well.
And all of these great innovations (in wearables) that we’re seeing right now are likely just the beginning.
TechRadar, a self-proclaimed gaggle of geeks who research and report on the latest technology products and trends, describes the inventive wearable industry this way:
“It feels very much like we’re reaching a tipping point: ever-smaller, ever-smarter devices are making the previously impossible possible, enabling us to learn more about our bodies and how to look after them. Plenty of technologies promise to change your life, but wearables genuinely will.”
Just ask Deanna Recktenwald, whose watch warned her that her resting heart rate was surging. Her kidneys were beginning to fail.
Sarah-Jayne McIntosh’s Fitbit warned her of a similar condition, helping her avoid possible cardiac arrest.
New Yorker William Monzidelis was alerted by his Apple Watch to seek medical attention. At the hospital, he learned that that he had suffered an erupted ulcer and received life-saving surgery.
There are scores of stories of doctors being able to better diagnose and determine courses of treatment for patients who present as unable to communicate by digging in to archived health data on the patient’s wearable device.
To put it succinctly, we’ve come a long way from simply counting steps.
L’Oreal, the beauty firm, recently launched a wearable UV sensor to help protect against skin cancer. Their new wearable is tiny, fits on your thumbnail, and tells you when it’s time to get out of the sun.
There are practical uses for wearables too, like Carelink, who creates wearables that can locate and help dementia patients who may be prone to wandering.
Here at Healthscient, we agree with TechRadar: the wearables market is poised to revolutionize everything. You can read their full article on wearables here.
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