INDUSTRY BULLETIN: Wearables For Mhealth Apps: The Future Of The Healthcare Industry
posted on Mar 02, 2020 09:32AM
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By: Olivia Taylor
There’s a new technology trend in the market every day. Some of these succeed, while some of these fail to make their mark. But what happens when two very successful technology trends come together?
When the wearable technology started to enter the market, not many people gave it a second thought. Whether it’s a Bluetooth headphone, Google glasses or Apple watch. The ordinary “not-so-tech-savvy” users were not very enthusiastic about investing in these devices until they connected with another major trend in the market, the mHealth apps.
Due to the emergence of smartphones, users have been using mHealth apps for a long time already. These usages were limited to recording their health details and whatnot. But with the wearable technology, they now have a hands-on way of tracking various aspects of their health in real-time. Whether it is their blood pressure or heart rate per minute, with the integration of wearable technology in mHealth apps, the users now have the perfect way of keeping track of their health.
It will, however, be wrong of us to assume that mHealth app wearables are only limited to modern fitness bands such as Fitbits and Mi bands. Wearable devices for mHealth apps have crossed the boundaries of simply keeping track of fitness and reached healthcare professionals to help them with various complex medical diagnoses and problems. What are these problems? Let’s have a look.
While the benefits of mHealth apps and wearables among the common users are well known, the benefits of its use among healthcare professionals are still unknown. There are various ways health wearables are changing the healthcare industry, streamlining diagnosis and treatment.
Here are a few examples of how the emerging technology of wearables in mHealth application are helping out the professionals in the field.
If we are talking about the benefits of wearables in the healthcare industry, we need to start with the increased efficiency during surgery. Performing surgery on the human body is a complicated enough procedure, but now the integration of wearables is helping the surgeons to perform even the most complicated surgeries with precision.
While previously the approach to surgery was an “Open” approach, today thanks to wearable and mHealth tech, the surgeons can apply the minimally invasive methods of performing surgery. This way they can prevent a lot of blood loss, shorter recovery time for the patients and fewer chances of infections.
Whether we are talking about the development of robotic wearable arm for surgeries or the simple application of Google Glasses, the wearable tech in mHealth apps are surely making the otherwise complex field of surgeries a lot easier to navigate.
IoT is already an extremely popular technology trend in the market. And when you add that to the wearable mHealth trends in the healthcare industry, you have plenty of efficient applications of wearable IoT in healthcare.
Besides the more obvious use of IoT to locate medical instruments throughout the building, the wearable IoT devices are helping the medical professionals to locate doctors within seconds during an emergency. These devices are also helping with the treatment of patients, as it is evident from the popularity of smart continuous glucose monitors and connected inhalers. With these connected devices it is easier for the medical professionals to not only diagnose the patient but treat them with accuracy.
The wearable IoT devices in the healthcare industry have proven that the amalgamation of technology with the healthcare industry is going to be extremely beneficial for both the patients as well as the doctors.
One of the most futuristic applications of wearable technology for mHealth apps is wearable biosensors. These small sensors are capable of providing continuous physiological information through non-invasive methods. With these sensors, healthcare professionals can measure the biochemical markers in biofluids like sweat, blood, tears, saliva, etc to keep track of the patient’s health and help the physicians to provide better treatment.
Not just for healthcare, these wearable sensors are being used by the sportspeople and military as well. With Biosensors like these, the military could actually monitor the health of their troops on the field. The medical experts can keep track of any chemical or infectious agent the soldiers can come across, providing added safety and advantage in the wars. For athletes, wearable biosensors make it easy to keep track of their vitals during training. They can easily gain a competitive edge with biosensors designed to track their health and health and performance.
The present-day healthcare system is more reactive than proactive. The patients only go to healthcare professionals after they show the symptoms of illness. While this might be more convenient for a lot of people, it is sometimes too late for the doctors to do anything about the illness. And that’s why using medical wearables can be a perfect way of changing the healthcare system into a proactive one so that the patients can be treated ahead of time.
With proactive healthcare systems, healthcare professionals can keep a close track of the patient’s health and act fast when any irregularities occur. This way the doctors can be prepared before any medical emergency makes the scenario even worse.
The emerging trend of wearables for mHealth applications has now made it easy for healthcare professionals to monitor the vitals of the patients. Sensors such as the ECG sensor, health patches are the perfect gadgets to monitor vulnerable patients in real-time.
Not only among the doctors but the popularity of these wearables are increasing among the common users too. Healthcare wearables are helping them immensely to take care of their ill family members by taking proactive measures when any kind of irregularities occur in their vitals. These sensors are also perfect for those who’ve had serious surgery. The medical services providers can track their recovery even when they are at home. This way the patients don’t have to spend a whole lot of time in the hospital for recovery.