The small-sized fitness trackers can supplant more expensive hospital tests in helping doctors assess patient symptoms and provide convenient and cost-efficient care to patients with chronic illnesses.
Fremont, CA: The fascinating innovations in wearable technology have shifted the medical industry. The US is also currently facing the rise of personalized healthcare provided by wearable technology. As evidence, a study conducted recently shows that the total number of wearable users to 4G network in 2017 to be 526 million, and the market is expected to grow by 89 million by 2022 connecting over 900 million. These figures show an increasing demand for wearable gadgets as they are becoming a life necessity.
New research conducted by scientists at Intermountain suggests that data collected through digital step trackers could help with caring patients with respiratory disease symptoms. Here data were collected from 20 patients with a history of respiratory symptoms during days with elevated air pollution. Patients were allowed to wear fitness trackers for nearly 12 weeks and surveyed by evaluating their respiratory symptoms. They were also allowed to complete weekly six-minute walking tests–generic tests as in hospitals. It was found that the fitness tracker data correlated with the results from the walking tests and patient surveys.
The fitness trackers are small size devices that may one day supplant more expensive hospital tests in helping doctors assess patient symptoms. It could help provide a more convenient and less expensive way for hospitals to provide care to patients with chronic illnesses. These wearable devices can eliminate the need for 6-minute walking tests at hospitals while reducing the time spent in a clinical setting. Also, caretakers will be alerted to changes in a patient’s medical condition more rapidly than through results from testing at regular intervals. The device was designed to provide service at home for the most complex and ill patients both for their comfort. It is cost-efficient such that the new technology can bring treatments which are only available at hospitals into the home.
In the future, patients’ medical costs will be lowered, and hospitals will reduce their admission rate to relieve the pressure put on staff. It potentially opens up a new market for wearable technology vendors, waiting to provide innovative monitoring devices for patients and healthcare providers alike.