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Redefining Healthcare through Wearables

Wearable technology essentially refers to hands-free electronic devices that are usually worn as accessories and are enhanced with features that allow it to receive as well as send data via the internet. With the increasing technological advancements in mobile app happening every day, wearable fitness technology has really risen in terms of prominence and has skilfully weaved itself into most urban daily lifestyles, and it does not seem to slow down.

Some of the most popular wearable in the market right now are the Fitbit, Apple Watch, Samsung Watch, etc. One key observation noted over the last few years about these products is that they are widely used by the younger crowd in urban societies. They are a large area of fascination among the youth with maximum usage among the age group ranging from 25-34. Statistics have in fact suggested that between 2015 to 2021, the sales revenue earned from wearable is going to increase by a whopping 350%. What started off in 2016 as a tremendous increase in the popularity of Bluetooth headsets, has gone on to become a massive increase in fitness bands and now smart watches.

Also, what should be duly noted is that wearable technology is no longer used only by a young crowd. Its usage among older consumers has also increased since 2015, and one of the major factors for it is the number of health benefits derived from this technology. All latest wearable technology has features that are tremendously helpful in a health emergency. Consisting of several medical alert features and progressive health monitoring, these are gaining immense popularity among older generations as well.

In the year 2018, almost 60% of the total wearable market was accounted for by smart watches. These devices that were once only used to calculate the number of steps or tell the time, they can now check heart pulse and rhythms, measure your heart activity, check whether it is functioning normally or not. They also monitor blood pressure and diagnose any sleep abnormalities.

Being heavily saturated, the smart watch market is constantly evolving its already existing features to improve their services even more. The top features of wearable that make it so popular currently are as follows:

Health tracking & Wellness: As discussed above, wearable aid a lot when it comes to monitoring your fitness and health and ensuring your well being physically and mentally. The main features provided by wearable are the following.

–   Heart rate monitors

–   Physical activity trackers (for running, swimming, cycling, etc.)

–   Sleep Monitors

–   Blood Pressure Monitors

Fall Detection 

A unique feature recently developed in smart watches detects any hard fall while walking or exercise, and instantly connects you to emergency services if required This feature has been one of the top-rated features of the Apple Watch Series recently.

Location Tracking Through GPS

GPS tracking is a very vital feature. It enables you to keep track of your workout as well as helps to recover your connected phone or the watch if it is lost. It is of prime importance during an emergency, because only through GPS can emergency services and your emergency contacts reach your location and help you out.

Cellular Features including Voice Calling:

With the help of in-built cellular features like two-way voice calling, text messaging and browsing the internet using mobile data, they allow you to lose dependency on Wi-Fi. Even in case of an emergency, a quick signal can be sent to your emergency listed contacts. This helps a lot in healthcare.

Alerts and notifications:

They provide their users with instant notifications from social media

Applications as well as connected devices, through apps that are tailored specifically for smart watches.

Adherence to Medication:

Patients often tend to forget to take their medications. A wearable can remind them that it’s time to take their meds, keep track of when they’re taken, and inform doctors accordingly.

Cost-Effectiveness:

These devices help avoid severe medical conditions in the long run because they help recognize medical conditions at an early stage. This gets rid of the need to transfer patients to a hospital in the future with long medical bills and avoids expensive treatments.

As per recent research and surveys of market sales, the following health wearable have been ranked as the best ones:

  • Apple Watch
  • Fitbit Trackers
  • Jawbone Band
  • Google Fit Band
  • MI Band
  • Nike Running App
  • Moov Now Tracker

In conclusion, the massive uprising of wearable devices in terms of healthcare has proved that the sky is its limit. It generates lower operational costs and is highly efficient, cost-effective and portable as well as compatible. Advancing scientific technology is rapidly improving the quality and features of these wearable and their role in the healthcare industry is expanding more and more with every passing day.

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