Among the technologies that have revolutionized the field of gastroenterology, a few have made as much impact as wearable devices. They have enabled physicians and patients to bring greater ease, simplicity, and accuracy into the diagnosis and treatment of prevalent digestive diseases.
Fremont, CA: With up to 70 million people in the U.S. affected by digestive diseases, it is becoming quite imperative for healthcare innovators to focus on enhancing the treatment options by incorporating emerging technology. In this regard, the gastroenterology sector has witnessed a surge in wearable technology, especially for monitoring physical activity, sleep quality, pain, and gut activity. Along with major tech giants investing in this venture of extending the capabilities of their devices to the medical field, many of the innovative medtech companies are also introducing ingestible sensors to keep track of patients.
These advances in wearable medical technology will give relevant healthcare providers novel means of diagnosing and managing patients. Whether it is wrist wearables, abdominal wearables, smartphones, or mobile apps, these innovations will bring a new wave of relief to patients suffering from gastrointestinal diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and other functional gastrointestinal disorders.
To better understand the significance of the technology, we can delve into the types of wearables available today. For instance, the first category of wearables is heavily dependent on active patient engagement with the device for data collection, which is then transmitted in real time to the storage location or the relevant healthcare providers. Even now, many healthcare providers leverage wrist wearables to monitor their patients and automatically update the patient’s health data into their electronic health records. Notably, this might prove useful when used to correlate symptoms of acute mesenteric ischemia through electrocardiographic assessment for detecting the presence of a related arrhythmia.
However, the second category of wearables does not warrant any active interaction by the patient other than wearing the device. The device automatically collects data and then intermittently transmits it to relevant destinations. This data can pertain to the measurements of respiratory rate, tone of voice, heart rate, caloric intake, or even gastrointestinal activity in the patients.
Needless to say, the data collected from these wearables can prove extremely useful in keeping track of all the effects caused by the patients’ actions and determining their clinical status. By analyzing this data, it is possible for healthcare providers to offer decision support and customize therapies according to the individual requirements of the patients. For instance, the data can be used to modulate the microbiome and effectively design individualized diets most suitable to the needs of specific patients. Besides, the data can also be utilized for diagnosis, prognosis, management, or prevention.