4 Ways Wearables Can (Potentially) Impact Healthcare
In recent years, there has been a proliferation of wearable devices that track health data such as heart rate, steps taken, and hours of sleep. While many use these devices for fitness tracking, there is a growing number of people who use them to manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. Here are four ways wearable technology can make a positive impact on the healthcare industry.
Improved Patient Engagement
One of the most significant impacts of wearables is improved patient engagement. When patients have access to their own health data that allows them to see changes that occur due to a lifestyle decision or treatment protocol, they are more likely to be engaged and be proactive in their own care. This is especially true for chronic conditions where patients may need to self-manage their condition on a daily basis.
More Efficient Clinical Trials
Another impact of wearables is more efficient clinical trials. In the past, clinical trials were often delayed or even halted due to the difficulty in recruiting patients and monitoring compliance. However, with wearables, it is now possible to remotely monitor patients in real-time, which makes it much easier to recruit and retain patients, and more convenient to monitor their health during clinical trials.
The more engages patients are in their own care, the less likely they are to need unnecessary hospital visits or other interventions, hence reducing healthcare cost. Additionally, more efficient clinical trials can also lead to reduced costs associated with developing new treatments.
Health inequity limits underserved populations’ access to affordable, high-quality care and results in an avoidable socioeconomic burden that spans society and affects every individual’s potential to achieve health and financial well-being. Contributing factors such as lack of access to healthcare, delayed care, and missed diagnoses can be addressed using wearable technology and remote physiologic monitoring.
The impact of wearables on healthcare is significant and far-reaching. From improved patient engagement to breaking down geographical barriers and reducing costs, wearables have the potential to make a positive impact on the healthcare system for years to come.