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Health Benefits Of Wearable Technology Devices

To properly understand the health benefits of wearable technology devices also known as “wearables,” one must first know what they are. This article not only seeks to apprise you of the benefits of wearable technology devices but also enlightens you on what benefits you stand to gain from its usage, as well as shares some simple maintenance tips.

What Are Wearable Technology Devices

According to Wikipedia, a wearable technology device, mostly referred to as wearable technology is any technology that is designed to be used while worn. Putting it differently, wearable technology is any kind of electronic device designed to be worn on the user’s body. 

Investopedia takes its definition a little further, it says, wearable technology, is a category of electronic devices that can be worn as accessories, embedded in clothing, implanted in the user’s body, or even tattooed on the skin. The devices are hands-free gadgets with practical uses, powered by microprocessors and enhanced with the ability to send and receive data via the Internet.

I am sure several examples come to mind, like eyeglasses or wristwatches; some would even say that wearable devices have been around since the 13th century, but what makes wearables different from other devices or accessories that are worn on the body is the fact that they are defined as incorporating a microprocessor and an internet connection. That is me saying, with them, you can access the internet.

Some examples of wearables may include;

  • Breast Monitor: Cyrcadia Health has developed Cyrcadia Breast Monitor, an intelligent patch that can detect early signs of breast cancer and transmit the information to a lab for analysis.
  • Wearable medical alert: monitors are extending greater mobility and independence to the elderly and impaired.
  • Smart tattoos: These contain flexible electronic sensors that are being developed to monitor heart and brain activity, sleep disorders, and muscle function. While these are temporary, even inks are being explored!
  • Smart jewelry: This can include smart rings, wristbands, watches, and pins. Smaller wearable devices typically work with a smartphone app for display and interaction.
  • Body-mounted sensors: These sensors are placed on the body to monitor and transmit biological data for healthcare purposes.
  • Fitness trackers: These wearables often come in the form of wristbands, straps, or headbands that monitor physical activity and vital signs. Trackers may connect wirelessly to an app for data storage, processing, and reporting.
  • Smart clothing: This type of clothing comes with built-in technology that can perform a variety of tasks including fitness or health monitoring, interacting with phones and other devices, and changing fabric characteristics to suit the user’s preference, activity, or environment. As an example, in 2014, clothing manufacturer Tommy Hilfiger launched clothing that came fitted with solar cells to charge devices.
  • Augmented reality (AR) headsets: AR Headsets use a real-world setting and integrate digital information into a display of the user’s environment in a way that enables interaction with the real world and virtual reality.
  • VR headsets: VR headsets entirely replace the user environment with digital information and enhance the fictional reality. VR users are controlled by the system.
  • AI hearing aids: AI hearing aids can filter out unwanted noises and automatically adapt to provide the best performance in the user’s current environment and for their individual hearing needs. Such devices sometimes referred to as hearables, can also incorporate capabilities such as fitness tracking, audio streaming, and translation.

Health Benefits of Wearable Technology Devices

Now that we understand what wearable technology devices are and are familiar with some types, what then are the health benefits of these devices? 

  1. Better Access to Patient’s Health

Smart Health Care devices can help doctors and surgeons improve their performance by collecting and analyzing health data remotely. When connected to the cloud, devices can provide real-time insights into various symptoms. Moreover, this technology can allow remote care. For example, IoT-enabled (Internet of Things) hygiene devices can be activated when a patient’s health condition is compromised. By providing accurate and timely information to healthcare professionals, IoT technology in healthcare can reduce errors and increase patients’ confidence in the quality of their care.

  1. Simplified Diagnosing

Smart healthcare using wearables can help simplify diagnosing. By allowing patients to self-diagnose their health conditions, IoT healthcare solutions can help hospitals reduce the costs associated with their care. IoT in healthcare can provide the right insight to make more justified decisions about a particular treatment based on patient data collected. It can also reduce the healthcare costs spent on payments for additional visits to the healthcare providers, as well as costs for on-site healthcare services. With the ability to diagnose patients remotely, healthcare will be more optimized and responsive.

  1. Better Patients’ Medical Compliance

With remote patient monitoring devices and healthcare IoT applications, chronic patients can better comply with healthcare providers’ prescriptions. By ensuring that medication is taken regularly, healthcare providers can control the changes in the conditions of their patients more objectively and effectively in terms of treatment. Wearable technology can help patients in many ways, including providing regular notifications for medications they are taking. Additionally, wearables can constantly track vital patient data, and, based on the data collected, a smart device can send reminders for pills based on glucose levels or the application of necessary inhalations.

 

  1. Quicker Reaction of Healthcare Providers

The main impact of IoT in healthcare is the facilitation of processes. By using IoT technology, doctors can monitor the health of patients in real time. In some cases, IoT wearable devices will send messages to other IoT devices for further analysis or data storage. For example, if someone has an infection, they can quickly contact the healthcare provider by pressing a button, which will enable contact trackers and alert other patients and medical staff in the building. The health industry will benefit from this information since it can help reduce the cases of internal epidemics in healthcare institutions as well as reduce danger for patients. Additionally, if a patient is undergoing surgery, IoT devices will be useful to track the progress of their condition and send reminders for the administering of oxygen or other medications. These wearable IoT devices can monitor even the smallest deviations from the norm, and provide all the necessary information to take quick action, if necessary.

  1. Encourages Proactive Healthcare

The way that most people deal with potential health issues is reactive. When they start to feel sick, in pain, or anything out of the ordinary, they react by going to see a doctor to get it checked out. With wearable tech, there is potential for a more proactive approach to healthcare. People can use wearables to take action in the early stages of health issues instead of reacting after they begin causing problems. This proactive approach to healthcare can catch problems early before they develop into larger issues that could have dangerous health consequences.

People with known health issues also benefit from detecting irregularities early. When wearables are used to monitor health, emergencies can be recognized as soon as they occur. The system can also be set up to notify others like family members or healthcare professionals to ensure that emergencies are responded to quickly.

Simple Maintenance Tips 

Like most devices, wearable technology devices are to be handled with care. Here are a few tips to help you maintain your devices;

  1. Do not immerse in water unnecessarily.
  2. Do not clean with hard materials.
  3. Clean regularly with the appropriate cleaning tools.
  4. Devices like Smartwatches need nothing more than to be firmly wiped with a microfiber cloth.
  5. Never use chemical solvents on electronic screens!

How often you clean your wearable devices is solely dependent on you, however the longer you wait between cleanings, the more difficult the job will likely be. I recommend you clean as often as you can.

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