Wearable technology and mobile health devices are transforming today’s healthcare; these technologies have the potential to reduce inefficiencies, improve access, reduce costs, and make medicine more personalized for patients. They are already playing a prominent role in society by tracking patient’s health and helping manage and monitor conditions. Wearable devices are electronic devices that are worn on the body as implants or accessories that incorporate practical functions. They can track nearly everything, from physical activity and sleep to exposure to sunlight and heart rate. These devices range from fitness trackers and heart rate monitors to wearable cameras and smart watches. Their versatility and portability appeal to consumers and make them a consideration for providers that want to cut down on in-person visits and allow physicians to remotely check in on patients.
The recent shift to wearable technologies can be linked to a transformation in the healthcare sector. There is a noticeable shift from disease treatment to disease prevention as well as increased preference towards out of the box medical care. With this new healthcare delivery model, wearable technology has the ability to improve patient outcomes and make patients more accountable for their own health. Moreover, wearable technology will help lower the burden on society; early disease warnings hold the potential for reducing costly hospital stays and lowering overall healthcare costs.
While the benefits of wearable technologies are increasing, there is growing concern over the security of your health information. Patient’s personal health data is sent and collected over the internet and could be vulnerable to hacking; however, these are always a concern in our modern society.
Albeit some concern over security, the use of wearable technologies and mobile health devices are providing innovative ways for society to monitor our health and well-being as well as giving us greater access to information. These advancements grant us new opportunities to change the way we approach health care and health outcomes.