Can Wearable Devices Be a Helping Hand to Doctors?

Can Wearable Devices Be a Helping Hand to Doctors?

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Monday, March 02, 2020

The tiny fitness trackers can replace more expensive hospital tests in helping doctors assess patient symptoms and offer comfortable and cost-efficient care to patients with chronic illnesses.

FREMONT, CA: The intriguing innovations in wearable technology have moved the medical industry. The US is also at present, encountering the growth of personalized healthcare provided by wearable technology. A study carried out recently shows that the total number of wearable users to 4G networks was 526 million in 2017, and the marketplace is expected to rise by 89 million by the end of 2022, connecting more than 900 million people. The figures reflect an increasing demand for wearable gadgets as they turn into a life necessity now.

A research carried out by scientists at Intermountain shows that data collected with the help of digital step trackers can help with caring for patients with respiratory disease symptoms. The data collected during the research was from 20 different patients with a history of respiratory symptoms during days with higher air pollution. Patients had to wear fitness trackers for almost 12 weeks, followed by their respiratory symptom evaluation. They completed weekly six-minute walking tests–generic tests similar to the ones taken in the hospitals. Later, the researchers found that fitness tracker data precisely correlated with the results derived from the walking tests, as well as the patient surveys.

Fitness trackers are tiny devices that might someday supplant more expensive hospital tests in assisting doctors in assessing patient symptoms. It can offer more convenient and less costly methods for hospitals to provide care to patients suffering from chronic illnesses. The wearable devices can cut down the need for 6-minute walking tests at hospitals, meanwhile cutting down the time spent in a clinical setup. Additionally, it has features that can alert the caretakers for any changes in the medical condition of the patient instantly through results from the tests conducted during regular intervals.

The device is built to provide service at home for the patients for their comfort. New technologies can fetch treatments, which are available at hospitals in the home cost-efficiently. In the coming days, patients’ medical expenses will be lowered, and hospitals will be able to cut down their admission rates to relieve the pressure that is put on their staff. It gives rise to a new marketplace for wearable technology vendors who are willing to offer innovative monitoring devices for patients, as well as the healthcare providers too.

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