Wearable technology may sound straight out of science fiction but in recent years, such innovation has gradually become a reality and may even soon become more mainstream. In fact, experts predict that more than 400 million smart wearable devices—worth an incredible $34 billion—will be sold worldwide by the end of the decade. Indeed, the future is here and in the very near future, we’re going to see major changes in systems and processes involved in different sectors and industries—most especially in the medical industry.
So what are the present and possible roles of wearable tech in the medical setting? Let’s start with the most common type of this innovation that any ordinary person can easily access in the market.
Technology for the active lifestyle
From smartwatches, smart apparels, and fitness trackers, wearable tech in this category can help you keep track of your fitness levels. These devices easily and perfectly blend in with any fashion style so it’s been popular among active individuals from different walks of life without feeling and looking a little bit ‘nerdy’.
Wearable tech for physicians
Wearable tech’s huge jump from a commercial device to a more medical and expert-oriented tool is what we’re going to expect in the years to come. In fact, it’s going to change everything about the medical practice and the industry as a whole. Possible features of this future tech include providing doctors and health practitioners with an activity tracker for patients and in turn, the collected data will give physicians a better idea of the overall physical status of patients with all accuracy and honesty.
Overall health tracker
One day, wearable techs will enable medical experts to track the most serious health problems and help keep up with patients suffering from chronic conditions such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes, and other challenging ailments. In addition, patients will be encouraged to comply with their doctor’s diet and workout instructions.