Use of wearables devices in the health sector

3 May, 2018

The health sector is experiencing an authentic digital revolution with the inclusion of technology: big data, artificial intelligence or medical wearables provide an added value to healthcare with the aim of improving prevention, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring patients. Additionally, they mean a cost saving for the sanitary system.

What are wearables devices and what advantages do they offer ?

The  IAB Spain IAB Spain (Interactive Advertising Bureau) defines wearables as “electronic devices incorporated into clothing with functionalities that allow interaction with our body”. These are small, easy-to-use, “wearable” devices that record information instantaneously. This type of devices applied to the health sector offer multiple advantages as well to professionals as to the patient:

  • Premature diagnosis: wearable devices allow the early detection of symptoms thanks to more precise medical parameters.
  • Personalization of the program: through a quick and intuitive software, the professional can create a program according to the needs of each patient.
  • Control and monitoring of the patient: the medical professionals can monitor the patient’s evolution in real time and, if necessary, make changes in the treatment remotely. In addition, patients can also control their health status by connecting the device whenever and wherever they want.
  • Adherence to treatment: the “biofeedback” received by patients during the use of the device increases their empowerment and adherence to treatment.
  • Registration of information and connectivity: the devices store the data in realtime and allow a more exhaustive analysis of the information. As a result, more complete and accurate reports are generated that can be saved in the medical history of the affected person and shared with and other specialists.
  • Optimal clinical decisions: the professional can compare and analyze the results to make more agile clinical decisions that improve the patient’s quality of life.
  • Saving of healthcare costs: remote healthcare through the device means savings in time and mobility, since it avoids the patient’s continuous transfer to the medical center.

The future of wearables health devices

Each time sensors are developed at a more affordable price and more capable of measuring more variables, so there is a promising future in the development of this type of equipment. The devices that have gained most popularity are watches and smart wristbands that allow monitoring the daily steps of the user, heart rate and glucose levels among other features. The one that also had its peak, although not as much as expected, Google Glasses, smart glasses that show the user information with augmented reality.

Likewise, there are small and medium size companies that are beginning to commercialize innovative ideas in the form of a wearable device in order to diagnose and / or treat very specific diseases.

DyCare launched the Lynx device on the market, an example of wearable for professional use, based on sensors that allow a more accurate, quick and efficient assessment of the functional status of patients with musculoskeletal problems.

The use of technological tools such as Lynx could transform doctor-patient communication and improve clinical decisions and patients empowerment.

Wearables health devices for private use

There are also other types of solutions within the field of physical rehabilitation and physiotherapy but for private use as KGoal, an interactive training system for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the female pelvic floor. Dodow is a device that helps you fall asleep through breathing exercises. Another case is Mowoot a device that automates the abdominal massages performed by therapists to solve chronic constipation.

To sum up, wearables devices, will facilitate the work for medical professionals and will improve the quality of life of patients.

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