What’s Next in Wearable Tech for Healthcare?

Wearable technology is quickly becoming the new norm. While smartphones offered a new gateway to the world of mobile technology, recent trends like Apple Watches and Fitbits are turning technology pieces into something of a fashion statement, both in terms of advancement and elegance.

The idea is that as wearable technology becomes more mainstream, more effort will be put into perfecting it and increasing the capacity of it through research and necessity. This is good news for the healthcare industry that is ever-so-gradually making moves to make wearable healthcare devices more and more available to patients worldwide.

Current Trends in Wearable Tech

This isn’t an industry that’s being ignored or has fallen to the wayside. Take Ben O’Brien, for instance. He’s a CEO in charge of Stretch Sense, a company started from Auckland University. Their soon-to-be claim to fame is a suit and fabric that includes flexible kinetic sensors.

The main focuses here are on sports and animation, but think about the bigger picture – this technology gives an intimate access to the way a body moves and works, and this can easily be ported into a medical, therapeutic setting. Imagine a doctor examining a patient during physical therapy wearing a suit made of censors that gives the physician an up-close look at how their body is moving without invasive surgery or expensive x-rays and scans.

Another potentially health-focused invention is a type of ultrasensitive nanosensor being developed by researchers in South Korea. Scientists from the Seoul National University have created a nanosensor by placing ultrathin layers of platinum onto polymers. The technology that can potentially be created by these sensors can help speech-impaired individuals speak clearly, or even for the first time.

The Stronger Concepts

Think about the above type of nanosensor and what it can do for those with speech impediments or disabilities. This is a highly advanced type of nanosensor – now think about how even a piece of technology that isn’t sophisticated can easily be inserted into your daily life.

We’re approaching an era where the definition of normal healthcare will involve sensors that have intimate access to our bodies in ways we won’t understand at first because we’ve never see ourselves in such a light. As this technology becomes more and more of a best practice, the more patients will understand about their bodies, their health and how to help themselves. This empowers patients to ask questions and be active participants in the healing process.

Health then moves from being a destination to a collaboration.

It’s important to remember, however, that all technology has a test drive period. While there are wearable tech devices on the market, we’re only just now seeing them start to become revolutionary. There will be failures and learning curves, but the industry will eventually get to a place of stability.

This isn’t just hype – it’s soon to be the reality of healthcare systems all over the world. As more and more wearable technology exists that helps advance medical diagnosis and therapy, the healthier the world will become.

Digital Salutem are digital health experts who represent and support companies to acquire new clients In new markets. They work with innovative companies in IoT, Wearables Technology, Big Data and Healthcare Innovation.

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Joao Bocas

Wearables Expert and Digital Health Influencer

Joao is a Wearables Expert and Digital Health Influencer. His passion lies in helping others, sharing experiences, transferring knowledge , working collaboratively and passing on the latest innovation trends from the digital health world.

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