Wearable Technology in Healthcare
Wearable technology has been taking over the healthcare industry. With various types that perform different tasks, there is something for everyone. Here are some wearables that can help you live a better and healthier life.
Pebble Time is a wearable that tracks your sleep, including how much time you are in deep sleep, when you wake up, and when you fall asleep. It was developed by researchers from Stanford University. By knowing your sleep habits, it will be easier to understand how you may be feeling on certain days. Deep sleep gives time for the body to repair damaged cells and strengthen your immune system. To maximize it, stick to a regular sleep schedule. You can use Pebble Time to keep track of your sleep routine.
For exercise, FitBit is a popular wearable. It tracks your steps and outdoor activity. You can use this to find out if you get enough exercise in a week. The FitBit has a GPS, so a phone is not required when you go outside to track your physical activity.
The Google Smart Contact Lenses can be useful to those with diabetes. It measures the glucose levels in tears, and this information can be used by the wearer. For instance, if their blood sugar is low, this can indicate that more sugar should be consumed.
Doctors have been using wearables too. For instance, Pierre Theodore used Google Glass during a surgery. He was able to see the X-ray and CT images without leaving the operating room. It improved efficiency and helped the doctor have complete focus on the patient during the operation.
Patients have been making use of the BioPatch, which monitors vital signs. It can be useful for nurses because they are able to prioritize which patients to check on. The BioPatch sends alerts through a smartphone. Those with serious illnesses can use it at home. If their vitals are abnormal, the hospital can be notified. This can save money, as the patient can stay in their own home, and fewer hospital bills are needed. Also, the patient has more freedom because they do not have to be confined in a hospital.
Wearables are becoming more prevalent in the healthcare industry. It can be used to improve one’s lifestyle, by tracking habits. With new innovations in technology, expect to see more wearable technology in the near future.
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