Telehealth is the use of technology in remote patient monitoring and cares with small electronic devices that can collect data from a patient for a prolonged time period and support the implementation of telemedicine in patient's environment. The management of chronic diseases has become easy with wearable technologies. It also holds promise to improve patient care. There are plenty of technologies entering the healthcare technology market, they include
1. Smart contact lenses:
It is one of the most anticipated medical wearable electronics. It helps patients with diabetics by measuring their glucose levels and assisting those with eye problems. It requires no surgery for implantation and can be removed and inserted by the user. They are exposed to both air and body's internal chemistry. These contact lenses are able to offer continuous blood sugar level measures by to both the patient and the doctor, and thereby help planning a care plan.
2. Ingestible sensors:
Sensors have taken hold in the medical field mostly in the form of wearable devices. The device combines the drug with an ingestible sensor that can gather information on patient’s medicine intake and physiological response. The collected information is then transmitted to the patient, healthcare providers, and caregivers. Sensors can provide assessments for health indicators, like heart rate, caloric intake and metabolic profiles.
It is an application tailored specifically to epileptics. This helps patients to self-monitor health risks in between doctor visit and gives advice on how to discuss issues with the caregiver. This detailed monitoring helps prevent sudden unexpected deaths in epilepsy.
Wearable technology is also helping in the improvement of patient engagement with the chronic disease management plan. It is not just used to collect data on patients but also meant to help patient their progress in treatment. So it is an opening up opportunity for both patients and medical practitioners.