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What to Know About Wearable Health Devices

There are many wearable health devices that are used to monitor and collect data about the exercise, movement patterns and personal health of the wearers. There is a popular market for these devices as it allows people to have better control of their personal health.

Any electronic health device that a person can wear falls into this category and you will be able to see a few of these in iHealth Labs. Some examples are smartwatches and FitBits. The main draw of these devices is that people can monitor their own health. And there are many people who are willing to wear these devices so they can track their vital signs.    The health information collected by the devices will be sent to a healthcare professional like a family doctor in real time. This gives them a better understanding when it comes to monitoring a health condition. And this allows the healthcare provider to adjust the treatment accordingly. Different people can react slightly differently to medications and treatments so having real time information on their vital signs can give a clear picture of the patient’s health and how they are responding to treatment.

As so many people are willing to wear these devices, there are many industries that have breached the realm of wearable health devices in addition to medical industry such as insurance providers and technology companies. A popular option for wearable health device is the wearable fitness tracker. These come with a wristband where the sensors are located. These sensors track the heart rate and physical activity of the wearer and you will be able to sync the tracker with an app in your smartphone. There are also smart health watches that you can wear on a daily providing you with a lot of health information such as blood oxygen saturation, heart health monitoring, sleep tracking etc. And this is ideal for many senior citizens that are living alone as many smartwatches are equipped with fall detection that can automatically call emergency services if the wearer is not moving. With increased use of wearable health devices, it is possible to prevent patients from deteriorating and going into cardiac or respiratory arrest. It can reduce the workload of healthcare staff work load and can improve patient outcomes significantly.

There are also wearable devices with a specific function such as wearable ECG monitors. These can measure ECGs which is something that is not possible with smartwatches. And the reading can be sent to the family doctor or the healthcare provider of the patient. Biosensors are a new type of wearable tech that comes in the form of a self-adhesive patch. It can collect information such as body temperature, movement, respiratory rate and heart rate. These are upcoming devices that can change the field of wearable technology. Wearable blood pressure monitors can monitor blood pressure when you are carrying out daily activities. These devices store the readings within it. You can also transfer the readings to a mobile application. Many of these wearable health devices come with the ability to share the collected data with your healthcare provider.

Stefania Booker
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