The Future of Healthcare is Wearable Technology
April 24, 2014
When you hear of wearable technology such as Apple’s long-awaited iWatch smartwatch, or Google Glass, most in the medical industry think of them as novelty items or advanced electronic gadgets with potential for the future. However, when you dig a bit further and look at their full range of potential today, wearable technology can be designed in a manner to manage health concerns very effectively in 2014.
According to Timothy Arcuri, an analyst with Cowen & Co., their is potential for subsidizing Apple’s iWatch with health insurers. Rumors have it that iWatch has built-in sensors that can be used to track diet, exercise, and overall health. On top of that, there may be potential for wearable technology to perform more advanced functions such as noninvasive blood pressure readings, heart rate monitoring, and even blood cell count.
In order for wearable technology to double as medical health tools, inventors of all medical devices must pacify the FDA. Google is one company has already gained approval for such wearable technology with their contact lenses that have a sensor and wireless transmitter that has the ability to measure glucose levels solely from an individual’s tears. This innovative technology eliminates the need for finger pricks, and makes managing blood sugar on a daily basis easier to achieve.
Some wearable technology designed for health management will work in conjunction with an app, while others will work with other forms of reporting tools, some of which may automatically report directly back to physicians.
Although many view wearables as the future of healthcare, the future may be closer to the present than we truly realize.