The clinical application of medical wearable technology is evolving rapidly as technology companies partner with healthcare organizations to help patients and clinicians make better decisions.
Wearable Technology & IoT in conjunction with other mobile technologies can make an essential contribution to improving the quality of the hospital. “It’s not just cool gadgets,” he says. The technologies offer great potential for better patient care, which always comes first.
Sure dangerous, health incidents – unnoticed by the patient – are often noticeable hours in advance. If these parameters were detected by the wearables, then patients could be warned early. For example, diabetics could be informed by sensors on their body about a looming insufficiency with insulin.
Wearables are designed to measure bodily functions and thus help the wearer to become healthier. So far, however, they have mainly been targeted at fitness enthusiasts and athletes, and purely medical applications are still lacking. Here is how with the help of IoT they will transform the health industry.
1. Self-Tracking & Promotion Of A Healthy Lifestyle
Beyond smartwatches and bracelets, other companies are trying to impose new ways of wearing wearables, the most obvious application for the moment remaining fitness and activity tracking, however.
Sensoria’s connected socks can provide you with information about the pace, distance and time as well as your running style. A digital coach, coupled with an AI, allows you to work more efficiently on your physical condition, reduce your recovery time and reduce the risk of injury.
Motiv supports a more ambitious approach with its new ring, covered in titanium and wearable on the finger, all day, every day, to monitor sleep and fitness (steps, calories, distance, and heart rate) for five days without loading. Since this technology processes large amounts of data, medical facilities will need the help of professional JD Edwards support teams to keep their systems running smoothly and to prevent hacking.
But more than just monitoring, wearables can also offer a solution adapted to physical recovery such as muscle stimulation: PowerDot is, for example, the first portable stimulator connected to the world, claiming to help the different muscles recover, strengthen their tone or energy and help them improve more quickly.
More important companies like Jawbone, FitBit, Samsung have all tried to flood the market with products responding to more and more specific situations, but the demand remains in search of other applications for wearables.
2. Understand A Patient’s Ailments Quickly
Other health-focused wearables are developing, betting on the development of connected medicine. One of these concepts has recently been approved by the FDA, explicitly targeting the monitoring and treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
The Personal KinetiGraph, of Global Kinetics Corporation, based in Australia, can be prescribed in a person with Parkinson’s by his doctor. The patient then takes the device home and wears it at home. It can collect and store up to 10 days of movement data, which is then uploaded by the doctor.
Caregivers can use them to get a more accurate assessment of patient mobility. The device, worn on the wrist, is already used in Australia but is not available in the United States and Europe.
But more than just providing more extensive and more accurate medical monitoring, some wearables can fully help people recover from illness in the comfort of their homes, replacing prescribed exercises with physiotherapists or osteopaths.
The Smart Glove is an exoskeletal glove that allows people who have had strokes, and other patients with musculoskeletal injuries, to regain hand mobility. Using a Bluetooth sensor, the glove measures the patient’s movement during a 30-minute exercise and creates an exercise program based on the patient’s needs and presented in a gamified interface.
3. The Smart Globe In Medical IoT
A version of the Smart Glove has been in use in hospitals since 2014, but a new home edition is now available for patients to recover from their homes.
Apart from improving treatment and early detection, wearables could also contribute to cost control. Patients equipped with wearables could sometimes be released home sooner. He believes that remote monitoring by wearables can be significantly expanded. This would contribute to cost reductions and increased hospital efficiency.
Wearables already assist patients in taking medications. As a result, this technology will also be of interest to the pharmaceutical industry. For example, wearables can be used to ensure that the drugs achieve the desired effect. Patients could be informed about the right time to take. Ideally, the impact of the drugs could even be optimized through integrated “beyond-the-drug” solutions.