Wearable technology is consisting of technology gadgets that can be worn by a person and mostly include tracking data related to health and fitness. One in five American’s now wears a wearable technology gadget. The emphasis of this technology is on for both the health care providers as well as the consumers.
Today, wearable technology has changed the face of the healthcare services sector. According to Dr. Vahid Sahiholnasab, a clinical instructor at the University of British Columbia – the use of wearable technology is good for people’s health as integrating new devices into health treatments can be easier than convincing people to exercise each day.
The most famous wearable gizmos in the market are smart watches and fitness bands. Other useful devices include, a pair of high-tech eyeglasses to save children from developing bad body posture while reading or playing with devices like tablets. This device sends a warning to children when they bent too much. This helps in preventing the children from neck and back pain. Not only children, around 45% of adults also admitted that wearable technology helped them lose weight by tracking their fitness level.
At present, these gadgets help increase people’s engagement and track physical fitness. But there is so much more potential that can be done using this technology. Wearable programs are being designed in such a way that they are even more benefited to insurers, companies and other healthcare stakeholders, rather than only to consumers.
The future of wearable technology is wide. The devices can be proved helpful in tracking health recovery of a patient. They can be sent home with wearable gizmos that track level of pain, heart rate, range of motion, and much. Using these devices along with patient’s medical reports will provide doctors with more information on what treatments need to be given for faster recovery.
However, there are many unmet expectations that come with this technology. Abandonment is one of them. Consumers after a certain period of time start using the gadget less or not at all. Another big problem for people is confidentiality, privacy issues and security breaches that come with wearable technology.
But, despite many issues, such as privacy, pricing and ease of use, the market for wearable devices is expected to grow at a fast rate. The future of this technology, especially in the healthcare sector looks promising.