Wearable technologies make life easier and add another element to everyday life. They let users take photos with a blink, check text messages without grabbing their phones, order a car, get in shape, and make travel a snap, but they can also do much more. Wearable technologies can play a big role in protecting your health.
Here are five ways wearable technologies can enhance your health care and improve your overall quality of life:
Early Disease Detection
The Apple Watch may be big news, but the most exciting part about the technology is not the ability to get a text message on your wrist or confirm your Uber car. Apple also created a software framework called ResearchKit that is designed to help medical care providers develop applications. Some apps already available can help identify early symptoms of diabetes and heart disease.
Improved Data Your Doctor Can User
Much like the way car insurance companies offer steep discounts to safe drivers, people who exercise regularly and can prove it via an activity tracker may be eligible for lower health insurance premiums. The Cleveland Clinic offers that benefit to employees and family members who use Pebble to track the number of steps they take each day, and more companies are adding the benefit every day.
Improved Treatment and Health Care
Wearable technologies allow users to see enhanced information as well as transmit it, and that can mean more effective medical care. For instance, paramedics can use Google Glass to transmit video from a trauma scene to the emergency room doctors, even if they are not in the hospital, allowing them to give advice and make treatment recommendations. Wearable technologies can also help create collaborative consultations, allowing a doctor to consult with a dermatologist to diagnose a rash without you needing to make another appointment.
Streamlined Health Care Operations
People can also enjoy better healthcare through the use of wearable technologies, in that the health data those devices collect make it easier to streamline operations in a medical setting. Healthcare MBAs can use information from treatment in real-time to prioritize cases, allocate resources, improve processes for checking in, and plan for expansion.
Wearable technologies are the future. They can help gather accurate data, detect issues early, help medical workers provide better treatment, save you money on health insurance, and streamline operations at a facility level. Most people have a smartphone attached to their hands for the better part of the day. Using that habit to monitor their health is the next logical step.