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How IoT is Changing Health Informatics

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Our current digitally-enhanced era has helped to illustrate just how valuable data can be. When collected and analyzed by experts, it can help guide us to make decisions in business, creative industries, and — perhaps most importantly — healthcare. Health informatics is a vital area of medicine in which data about patients and their illnesses is used to assess the progress of their personal health conditions, drive treatment decisions, and also to build important public health strategies.

Expertise in informatics can have positive outcomes in people’s lives, but there are constant efforts to develop and improve tools that can support this. Over the last several years, the development of the internet of things (IoT) has emerged as a potentially integral solution to various challenges. This connected ecosystem of wearable technology, static devices, and apps has been helping to collect and process data that is vital to informatics.

Diagnosis and Treatment

As patients, we often see diagnosis and treatment from a simplistic perspective. We go to the doctor, they perform some tests, and in the best-case scenario, they tell us what’s wrong and how we can fix it. But those diagnoses and treatments are not just pulled out of the brains of our physicians; they are often the product of huge amounts of data, allowing analysts to identify correlating attributes. Similarly, before reaching the market our medications are subject to tests, providing researchers with volumes of data to help understand their effectiveness.

IoT technologies are helping with the data harvesting and analysis aspects of diagnostic medicine. Using wearable devices that collect data regarding symptoms and patient conditions, alongside information from traditional hospital testing, artificial intelligence (AI) software is then used to undertake speedy and thorough analysis work, using algorithms to help identify the likely diagnosis. In fact, a 2019 study by medical journal The Lancet found that AI analysis of medical imaging was in some ways equivalent to that of human medical professionals.

However, it’s also important to note that the aforementioned study also suggests that relying on deep learning and machines alone is not without its challenges. These technologies are currently best employed when in collaboration with experts in health informatics fields. Machines are unable to provide patients with the reassurance and warmth that a human healthcare professional can bring, nor apply context and empathy to finding solutions. While tech can help provide insight, human perspective can be valuable in interpreting and applying it.

Patient Records

One of the main areas in which health informatics comes into play is with patient records. In order for health professionals to make appropriate choices for patients, they must have access to a patient’s full history, including the results of any scans and tests. In the past, a primarily paper approach has meant that clinicians have not always received patient records in a timely manner, or have had to seek access from various different departments or even offices. This means patients haven’t always been treated with efficiency. The IoT has been instrumental in improving this.

The adoption of electronic medical records has been instrumental in streamlining the collection, sharing, and organization of health informatics. Providers across various departments using the same platform do not need to request information be sent to them, the patient’s information is already accessible in the system. Digital x-rays can not just be captured quickly and safely, but also emailed to those undertaking diagnosis, and stored in EHRs, to be reviewed when assessing problems in the future. This digital patient information can also be stored, shared, and viewed on portable, secure medical IoT devices such as tablets and data monitoring tools for ease of use even in emergency scenarios.

This method is not only useful for those who use health informatics for diagnosis and treatment, but it’s also a reassuring development for the patient themselves. The ability to securely transfer files to be stored and viewed on IoT devices means that patients have easy access to their own records, and are able to review and distribute them as needed. It also means that, should they move state or country, they don’t need to overcome unnecessary hurdles in giving their new health care provider their full medical history.

Self Management

Healthcare is not only the remit of those who have been educated to work in the field. We each have a responsibility to our own health, and continuing required treatments. After all, physicians can’t be constantly holding our hands to make sure we’re doing the right things. The field of health informatics has played an important role in assisting patients to manage their own wellness and treatments. As health informaticians have a deep insight into understanding patients and what motivates and supports them, they are a key source of education and resources for those with illnesses. The IoT is assisting in this area, too.

Patients can wear wearable IoT technology that provides them with real-time data on their physical condition. Utilizing specialized platforms, such as Quio, patients can connect IoT enabled therapeutic devices to their computer or smartphone and share data on their medication, vital signs, and activities with their physician. This helps to enable a meaningful, data-supported dialogue between doctor and patient, and also allows patients to feel empowered to take control of their treatment.

Perhaps one of the primary ways in which the IoT is assisting health informaticians and patients is its user-friendliness. Patients may be unlikely to engage with tech if they are unable to understand how it works, or how to interact with it. Combining health monitoring tech with smartphones and apps that are easily navigable not only helps to provide patients with insights that encourage them to take control of their own treatment, but can also improve the quality of feedback that can assist health informatics in the future.

Conclusion

As with much in our world today, data can be a valuable resource for medical fields. Health informatics can provide insights into patient diagnosis, ongoing wellness, and treatment management. IoT has started to produce tools that can help support health informatics in monitoring, analysis, and utilization of patient data. By exploring how to collaborate with these tools effectively, the industry and its patients stand to benefit significantly

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Illustration: © IoT For AllAs professionals in the emerging tech space, we are well aware of the many benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT), augmented and virtual reality (AR, VR), artificial intelligence (AI), and drones and robotics. Therefore, we cannot help but wonder: What if most of the emerging …

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When Pizzas Fly: How Drones Could Shake Up the Home Delivery Market

Sharon Scott was in a bind.

Scott, the executive director of the Montgomery County, Virginia Chamber of Commerce, is accustomed to showing proper appreciation to people. So when someone who had recently done her a favor dropped by her home unexpectedly, she felt a little awkward.

But she had an idea. Furtively, she fiddled with an app on her smartphone. A few minutes later she suggested they walk outside to enjoy the day.

Scott lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, and it was one of those perfect Blue Ridge afternoons with crisp breezes coming down off the mountains. As the two women gazed at the horizon, a distinct buzz filtered into the air. “Look at that!” Scott said, pointing in the direction of the sound. A drone came into view and hovered above them. Slowly, it lowered a box using a string-like pulley, released it on the ground, rolled up the pulley and flew away. Scott feigned surprise and leaned down to look at the box. “Oh, look, it’s for you!” she said to her friend.

It was a gift box of chocolate truffles. From order time to delivery: six minutes. 

“My friend was just overwhelmed,” Scott says.

It’s not quite the Jetsons, but it’s close.

Delivery by drone is far from ubiquitous – in the U.S., it’s limited to a few pilot projects approved by the FAA, and is still highly regulated – but that hasn’t stopped the concept from being implemented in ways that redefine customer service, and on occasion, even save lives.

Dr. Stanley Maloy, a professor of research and technology at San Diego State University, has been studying drones for years, and his university helped facilitate an ongoing pilot project in San Diego which has UberEats delivering to certain areas of the city by drone. The very first order: bringing pizza to hungry college students. Maloy believes delivery by drones will be commonplace within five years, and will revolutionize deliveries of all sorts the way Grubhub changed the restaurant delivery industry.

A major benefit he champions is a reduction in traffic. “Every time we get stuck in San Diego traffic, we’re happy to have one less driver on the road,” he says. The San Diego project began with Dominos delivering pizza to campus but has expanded to include McDonald’s. It has rendered parts of the city a fast-food mecca – Big Macs are literally falling from the sky. In most cases, the delivery process is twofold – the drone delivers to an on-the-ground delivery person, who then brings it to the customer by vehicle or even by foot if the delivery address is close enough. It might seem laborious – but it saves time by circumventing miles of backed-up traffic, and it’s less complicated than repeatedly trying to find safe spots for food drops amid the urban area’s electrical wires, towers, and rooftops.

Wing's drone delivery in Christiansburg, Virginia. Courtesy of Wing (wing.com)
Wing’s drone delivery in Christiansburg, Virginia. Courtesy of Wing (wing.com)

The Christiansburg program Scott used to impress her guest started last year, and is limited to three vendors – Walgreens, FedEx, and a small confectionary-stationary-ice cream shop in nearby Blacksburg, Virginia called Sugar Magnolia.

Tom Robb, who owns Sugar Magnolia with his wife, Michelle Robb, says his shop is pretty unique. “I like to think of it as an old soda fountain-drug store reimagined for the modern era,” he says. They first opened Sugar Magnolia in the summer of 2018, and after reading about the drone deliveries, Tom sent a shot-in-the-dark, last-minute email to drone provider Wing. He thought being involved might bring welcome publicity to a fledgling business, and he was right. A few months later, Wing called and invited them to participate. Within months, their little shop was being featured in stories around the country.

It worked like this: the Robbs put together a finite number of products with reasonably long shelf lives. Tom Robb says they chose truffles and other bagged chocolates, bags of gourmet popcorn, some stationary, and greeting cards. The packages are stored at a Wing warehouse on the periphery of Christiansburg.

Customers use an app that shows them what items are available. They punch a few buttons, and within minutes the package is en route. The app communicates with the vendor about sales and inventory. For now, there’s no charge to Sugar Magnolia for the service, nor to the customer. If the program becomes a permanent fixture, that’s certain to change. Robb says he’s not sure whether the program has increased their profit line, but it has certainly raised the small business’ profile. “It’s been an incredible process,” he says. “To be the very first small business in the United States to have our products delivered by drone – it’s hard to describe. It’s something to cherish.”

The earliest “drones” – unmanned aircraft – appeared as early as 1917, and were based on radio control technology. It wasn’t until the early part of this century that drone research led to military operations that made the public take notice. Drones have dramatically increased surveillance capabilities, and have been used in warfare. But the idea to use them for deliveries is a more recent development, and excitement about drone deliveries as an industry seems to be growing exponentially.

Despite its successes, the drone delivery industry still faces obstacles. Currently, the business is limited by the FAA, with only a handful of areas enjoying the service – Christiansburg, San Diego, and a program in Raleigh, N.C. that shuttles medical samples between the areas WakeMed hospitals.

And it’s limited with good reason – even the most enthusiastic supporters acknowledge the potential for excessive drone traffic. But technology is evolving almost daily, and the problem has been solved in other countries. In Rwanda, where the drone company Zipline has been delivering pints of blood, vaccines, and much-needed medicine to remote locales, cellular data is shared between the drones and Rwanda’s main airport to minimize the chances of a collision.

There’s also the question of how far the drones can travel. They operate on battery power, which limits how far they can go. So widespread drone use would require multiple warehouses in an area with different drones operating from each one.

Drone noise is another concern. In Christiansburg, Wing seeks to minimize that problem by approaching neighborhoods from different directions so as to not continually expose the same residents to the noise.

“Look at that!” Scott said, pointing in the direction of the sound. A drone came into view and hovered above them.

By far the most challenging issue involves an area’s topography, and how crowded it is with electric wires, cellular towers, and buildings. Right now, the FAA requires a licensed pilot to steer the drone remotely, and home deliveries are limited to residences with easily accessible yards or drives.

Christopher Snell, who owns Careful Couriers, a traditional delivery company in San Francisco, says he has trouble envisioning how drones could possibly navigate the crowded Bay Area. “If you’re a sheep farmer in Scotland, maybe a drone will come by and drop off books once a day because that’s the best form of delivery,” he says. But drones are relatively small, and as a general rule, only carry one item at a time. “For mass distribution, I don’t think it’ll be a mainstream thing,” he says. “There’s no delivery service making money by making one delivery at a time.” He’s also skeptical of the public even embracing such a service. “I don’t know if I’d want to live in a world where drones are flying up and down my street all day.”

Maloy says it’s true that the economic benefits of drone deliveries won’t be realized at first, if at all. But that’s not the only reason to continue developing drone technology, he says. He points out that when delivery trucks are sitting in traffic, they’re hardly contributing to a company’s bottom line – but they are contributing to greenhouse gases and, by extension, global warming.

Drone deliveries may still be years away from being routine in the U.S., but – necessity being the mother of invention – it has become an indispensable part of life in other parts of the world. In Ghana, drones operated by Zipline drop yellow fever vaccines for children in remote villages. In Rwanda, Zipline uses drones to deliver more than 75 percent of the nation’s blood supplies outside of the capital.

Zipline’s delivery of urgent medical supplies. Courtesy of Zipline International (flyzipline.com)

It’s unlikely the U.S. will ever need drones for such immediate medical needs. But that doesn’t mean there’s no potential for improving lives. While Walgreens currently doesn’t deliver prescription meds via drone, it’s a possible future solution for homebound customers without other options. And it already delivers over-the-counter medications and some supplies in Virginia.

During the recent holidays, Sharon Scott’s husband started feeling ill, and Scott discovered she was out of cold meds. “I could have just gone to pick it up,” she said, but she was loathed to wade into the holiday traffic. Even Christiansburg, she says, can experience road congestion. So she picked up her phone, opened the Wing app, and ordered a “cold care package,” which included cough medicine, cough drops, and some tissues.

Within a few minutes, the package was flying through the air. It made Scott, at least, feel better immediately.

Written by Tricia Booker

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How Mixed Reality Brings the Virtual Hospital to You

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The field of healthcare is constantly revolutionizing. Although, there are many challenges that doctors and other medical professionals face in treating patients. The advancement in Microsoft’s HoloLens technology has brought a huge shift in how hospitals, medical clinics, and other modern healthcare setups deliver care to patients.

Major Challenges in Healthcare

Many hospitals and medical clinics still depend on traditional technologies to interact with patients and read paper charts to get an overview of a patient’s health condition. In many cases, neurosurgeons face difficulty in performing CT scans of the patient. It is because the CT scan causes claustrophobia to several patients due to the noise and the enclosed pattern of the machine. Also, doctors need medical scans and records for detailed analysis, but loading and modifying electronic medical records of thousands of patients is a bulky process.

A team of medical professionals consists of receptionists, nurses, doctors and other professionals who need seamless coordination with each other during patients’ treatment. Also, it becomes challenging for them to work as a team by relying on multiple devices for communication, recalling diagnostic charts and other data.

Mixed Reality – Working Wonders in the Healthcare Industry

The new version of Microsoft HoloLens has unveiled cutting-edge features that can impact the healthcare industry to a great extent. Let’s check out some of the ways in which these features are empowering medical professionals to improve the doctor-patient relationship.

Contextual Patient Data Visualization

MR headsets can detect patients and instantly provide relevant medical information to doctors, saving time during interactions and allowing doctors to respond to emergencies quicker than before. Just being able to observe a patient’s vital signs without having to read screens or derive paperwork can save a lot of valuable time and allow for more convenient patient interactions.

Also, using MR enables elderly patients to receive hospital-level care and treatment at home where they feel more comfortable and hospitals would also get a benefit of free hospital beds for other critically ill patients.

The HoloLens app is also helpful to patients who need to travel often due to frequent doctor appointments with specialists by saving their time and money while still delivering personalized care to them. This enables the health care facility to utilize the same amount of time for other critical patients.

Generally, mixed reality application enables real-time interaction with medical professionals via hologram technology. It also allows care providers to share information hands-free as well as record patient data in real-time via a virtual dashboard. This advancement combines real-life, video conferencing and projected holograms to facilitate nurses’ and clinicians’ in accessing information and services as and when needed.

Holographic Surgical Planning

The MR application provides Virtual Surgery Intelligence (VSI) to physicians to show patients their own MRI scans and explain the level of complication in a surgical procedure in a visual format. Not only that, but MR apps helps to reduce doctor’s response time and improve surgical accuracy, thereby offering an enhanced patient experience. For example, if a patient needs to undergo a complicated surgery, the doctor is able to show diagnostic images to the patient with the help of the VSI feature of mixed reality. This feature helps the patient and the doctor to share the same field of view (FOV). In this way, doctors can discuss, plan, and initiate their treatment procedure, thereby reducing response time in inpatient care.

Onsite/Remote Surgery Assistance

Furthermore, by wearing HoloLens, surgeons can have their hands free for surgery, as well as use microphones and sensors to communicate with other surgeons in different parts of the world making collaboration seamless. All these features including simulations and information extraction make mixed reality a valuable asset in improving surgical performance.

The Final Say

These are just some of the notable advantages of Microsoft HoloLens that prove that the future of healthcare is heavily reliant on mixed reality technology. These advancements make it feasible for medical professionals to hone their skills and attend hundreds of patients virtually without even touching them. Besides, using an MR application enables seamless collaboration between physical and digital objects to provide a better quality of treatment and patient experience. To know more about how to implement a HoloLens app for your healthcare organization, talk to our experts.

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How Amazon Is Using IoT to Care for Its Employees

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Of course, we already know about wearable devices people can use to track their heart rates, activity levels, fitness goals and more. In fact, some companies even incentivize employees to use those gadgets to get extra perks for being a worker who’s especially committed to their well-being.

However, Amazon is using IoT devices to give workers resources to use when they’re sick. It’s all happening through their new program called Amazon Care.

What Is Amazon Care?

Amazon Care is an extension of a traditional health insurance plan. The company is currently piloting it for some of its Seattle employees. People are eligible if they work at Amazon or are a dependant of someone who does, are enrolled in health insurance offered by the brand and work in one of the areas where the program is available.

This IoT-based benefit is a smartphone app that connects participants to the care they receive from medical professionals online or in-person. Amazon says one of the major advantages of this new service is that people can get the health care they need without sitting in waiting rooms.

People who sign up for Amazon Care can use it for their urgent care needs and sexual health concerns, as well as things related to preventive medicine including vaccinations and lab work. If someone’s getting ready to travel abroad and needs tips for staying healthy while there, an Amazon Care employee can provide those, too.

If a person’s diagnosis requires treatment with prescription medicine, a person called a Care Courier can bring it to a patient’s home or office, often within two hours. Alternatively, the prescription can be dispatched to a local pharmacy so the person can pick up the medication later.

How Does Amazon Care Work?

Once a person verifies their eligibility for Amazon Care, they’re ready to start using the service. It’s available on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m and on weekends from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

After a user indicates that they have a health concern, the app screen gives them the choice of talking to a health care provider via text chat or video stream. The medical expert uses one of those methods to communicate with the person and find out more about what they need.

If the medical provider determines the app user needs a face-to-face evaluation, a health professional is dispatched to that person’s location. Also, the individual can look in the app and see a map of where the provider is, plus their estimated arrival time. Virtual doctors represented one of the top tech trends of 2019, and their popularity shows no signs of slowing.

People appreciate being able to use an app to see a doctor without leaving their homes. Many apps also have monitoring and messaging components, allowing doctors and patients to stay in touch outside of a medical facility.

Concerning Amazon Care specifically, there’s a care summary component of the app that gives the details of a person’s diagnosis, any notes from the doctor and their recommended treatment plan. If users prefer to see that content outside of the app, they can view the material as a PDF.

As someone uses the app, it’s also possible for them to fill out a profile that includes pertinent information, such as the patient’s health history and payment details.

The Future of Health Care

Although Amazon Care is still in the early stages and is only available to a limited number of employees, IoT will likely continue facilitating a move away from the traditional ways of receiving health care. No longer will patients have to drive to a medical practice and wait for a visit with a doctor. When someone’s feeling unwell, being in public is often one of the last things they want to do.

The option to stay at home and get health care through a connected device makes sense for patient convenience reasons. Conventional doctor’s offices won’t go out of business entirely, but people may start using them less often because they can, and they prefer it.

Analysts also think investments in these kinds of high-tech medical opportunities could cut costs for businesses. Numerous companies have exercised more control over health care for their workers, either through virtual visits or on-site health clinics.

In another recent example, Walmart urges people to use a dedicated app or website to guide their health needs. The brand’s system uses big data analysis to determine which providers in the network have histories of the best outcomes. People can then avail of reports about individual physicians, including those offering specialized care.

It’s easy to see how Walmart’s approach could save money for the company and lead to more satisfaction from patients. The people who need health care don’t have to spend as much time deciding which providers to see, and the fact that they’re encouraged to see top-performing professionals means Walmart’s health coverage won’t go toward doctors that might not give the best service.

IoT Medical Access Is Rising

A primary reason why IoT-driven medical care suits today’s society is that so many people have compatible gadgets. Getting sick happens, and access to care is crucial for helping people stay healthy. Given that many individuals keep smartphones within arm’s reach, it’s not surprising that leading enterprises — Amazon included — have decided to embrace IoT and explore how it could improve well-being.

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How Wearables Have Infiltrated the Healthcare Market

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An increasing demand from consumers to assess their health at any moment has driven the wearable industry’s massive expansion. FitBits, Garmin Forerunners and Apple Watches track personal information such as heart rate, step count and sleep, providing consumers with data in real-time.

Due to their convenience, these devices have become mainstream.

The wearable medical technology market continues to expand as consumer demand persists. More than 80 percent of consumers are willing to wear fitness technology. By the end of 2019, the global market for wearables is expected to grow by 15.3 percent more than in 2018.

The demand for wearables isn’t isolated to consumers. Rather, the technology’s transformative data usage has drawn the interest of businesses.

Companies are supplying employees with wearables to decrease healthcare costs and provide employees with personalized health information to support health consciousness.

As Technologies Advance, Fitness Trackers and Health Monitors Maintain Popularity

Smartwatches and fitness trackers have dominated the consumer wearable market and will continue to maintain a dominance despite an increasing diversification of wearable technologies.

In 2009, Fitbit debuted as the first wearable device. The earliest version of the product featured a single button that cycled through the display to analyze a consumer’s progress toward the 10,000 step goal.

Fitbit inaugurated the wristband craze in 2013. One year later, the company gained the majority of the activity-tracking marketplace.

The following year, the most popular wearable hit the market. Apple Watch debuted in 2015, eventually out-shipping the once most-popular fitness-tracking device—FitBit—in 2017.

Whereas the International Data Corporation found that wristbands will experience a negative growth rate in the coming years, smartwatches will continue to grow. By 2023, watches will account for nearly 50 percent of the entire wearables market.

Overall, the proliferation of various wearable technologies drives the market’s growth. New products and vendors—from Fossil to Louis Vuitton— are entering the market rapidly.

The global wearables market will swell to $54 billion by 2023.

More than half of people interested in buying wearable technology were interested in the devices to track physical activity and monitor personal health.

Wearables not only count steps and active minutes but also track sleep and monitor heart-rates 24/7. Most devices have improved their battery lives, increasing their viability and desirability as there are fewer reasons for consumers to take them off.

The devices have also improved their efficacy.

Wearables offer greater connectivity to social platforms, encouraging data sharing and fitness competition. By creating networks of support, consumers are more likely to meet their fitness goals.

Current wearables curate feedback to consumers’ individual habits. Rather than a set 10,000-step goal, devices now notify users when it senses they’re moving less than usual.

With product proliferation and technical improvements, wellness-related wearable technologies are expected to sustain growth as consumers continue to pursue healthier lifestyles.

Wearables Appeal to Businesses by Saving Health Insurance Costs

Businesses can decrease health care costs through personalizing insurance plans by providing employees with wearables. When a plan is catered to an individual, there are fewer unnecessary costs.

Wearables are no longer just counting steps, but also monitoring users’ blood pressures.

Omron Healthcare debuted the first wearable blood pressure monitor called the HeartGuide in 2019. Designed to look like an average smartwatch, the device acts as an oscillometric blood pressure monitor.

The wearable measures a user’s blood pressure and daily activity. The device can store up to 100 readings in its memory. At that point, users can transfer the readings to the corresponding mobile application: HeartAdvisor. Users can store, track and share data for review, comparison and treatment optimization.

One of the largest North American life insurers—John Hancock—will stop selling traditional life insurance policies. Instead, the provider will offer interactive policies that track fitness and health data through wearables.

Policyholders who hit exercise targets will have access to premium discounts. Clients will also receive gift cards for workouts and healthy food purchases logged in the app. On the other hand, customers with high-risk habits such as smoking will pay higher premiums.

Wearables enable doctors to track patients remotely, reducing transport and readmission costs. Further, businesses can implement interactive healthcare policies to tailor their healthcare offerings. This can reduce the costs associated with traditional policies that provide blanket coverage.

Wearables provide new options for employee healthcare that incentivize healthy habits and reduce costs.

Healthcare Providers Leverage Wearable Medical Technology to Improve Medical Treatment

By tracking data, wearables enable businesses in the healthcare industry to apply personalized modifications to treatment plans. This allows healthcare providers to make more informed decisions and patients to receive better treatment.

Wearables provide doctors with more data regarding a user’s health. Rather than relying on patients to report symptoms, which can be incomplete or delayed, a wearable collects data indiscriminately and reports in real-time.

Unlike users, wearables don’t forget to track symptoms as a result of their biosensors. The technology provides providers with an extensive history to support more informed analysis and optimized care decisions.

Wearables can also encourage patient responsibility. Custom software solutions have grown to support patients’ adherence to a care routine. For example, a smart necklace has been proposed to detect user ingestion of a pill based on skin movement associated with swallowing.

The devices can also alert users when it’s time to take medication, track the times when it’s taken and notify doctors when a regimen isn’t followed. Medical professionals can adjust care options and predict potential health problems to prescribe cost-saving preventative measures rather than costly treatment options.

Healthcare providers can devise and execute more effective and cost-friendly care plans by implementing wearables.

Wearables Offer Opportunities for Improved, Cost-Effective Care and Healthier Choices

Wearable medical technology has made a large impact on how people can understand and track health information.

As wearables provide personalized health information, businesses can leverage their popularity among consumers to improve employees’ health and healthcare.

The greater and more accurate information wearables track offers opportunities for companies to personalize health care plans. Personalized plans are more cost-effective for consumers and businesses.

Written by Kate Russell, Content & Editorial Associate, Clutch
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