Wearable Technology in the Medical Industry
Ronald Monte | February 15, 2018
Even though the most popular types of wearable technology are still bracelet-like objects, clothing, eyewear, and medical devices are gaining ground. In the medical field, most wearable technologies focus on improving health, diagnostics, and monitoring. Doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies are quickly adapting to these new diagnostic and preventative instruments.
Remote Patient Monitoring
Remote patient monitoring is one market gaining quick popularity and is on track to become a $98 billion-dollar industry by the end of 2020. Abbot Laboratories, Apple, and Biotricity Inc. are a few of the top companies producing viable new medical technology this year.
With this technology, doctors can keep track of a patient’s condition without them having to come in for repeated visits. It can also help them customize treatment, diagnose faster, and create treatment plans for diabetes, osteoporosis and arthritis. For example, Biotricity has created monitoring devices to measure respiration rate, calories, temperature, and physical activity. Similarly, Abbot Laboratories is working on the development of diagnostic products and creates products that look like a mobile app. This makes the devices more user-friendly and facilitates a growing awareness of how medical wearable technology is changing.
Nanotechnology is another area that is becoming more central to the development of wearable medical technology. Ingestibles can be used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. The sensor inside a pill can detect which medication is being taken, allowing patients to track their meds with a phone app. It also helps caregivers and physicians to access important data that can prevent the problem of medication nonadherence.
Neuroscience is also being used in headphone technology to improve physical attributes like strength, speed, and endurance. This method involves neuropriming : an electrical current in small levels being sent to the user’s brain by electrodes in the headphones. These currents tap into regions of the brain that relate to the desire to improve fitness and physical performance.
This kind of brain training is growing in popularity due to its precision and non-invasive methods. In addition to headphones, there is also a wearable thigh strap that can deliver tiny electrical impulses that help drown out pain signals and reduce the perception of pain.
Cool new wearable technology for medical purposes is growing at top speed and will propel us into a future full of exciting gadgets and gizmos that aren’t just for fun. Body temperature adjusters, temporary smart tattoos to detect UV exposure, and other devices to fight pain, calm us down, or even speed up the learning process are all possibilities in the next few years.