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Wearable technology is an industry that continues to grow and disrupt how healthcare is offered and provided. It is growing rapidly as a result of the recent demand for remote patient monitoring. As a result, wearable technology impacts the healthcare industry more than most sectors of the economy.

Wearable technology is helping doctors, nurses, and first responders stay connected and deliver better services. Patients are also reaping even greater benefits from wearable technology, allowing them to engage in fitness or adjust their behavior thru alerts about exercise or medication. Wearable technologies are decentralizing healthcare from physician’s offices and hospitals and helping consumers take charge of their health. In the future we may see virtual hospitals that have no rooms for patients.

The wearable technology market is also fast becoming a key consumer technology. One key reason for this is the entry of many technology vendors into wearable technology, including Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung with technology that people find very useful, which transforms people’s views on the benefits of wearable technology.

Voler Systems has helped many companies build the next-generation wearable and IoT devices for use in the healthcare sector. Hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings can all utilize Wearable IoT devices to facilitate doctor decision-making, improve patient outcomes, and make healthcare environments safer for both patients and the staff.

 

Medical Need in the Hour of Need

 

While healthcare traditionally happens in clinical settings, most patients experience health crises at home or work. Medical care that isn’t provided quickly or directly at the point of need can be costly or even life-threatening.

Modern wearable technologies have allowed medical practitioners to monitor patients from virtually anywhere. Nurses and doctors can now actively check the vital readings of their patients wherever they are. In addition, wearable technologies allow medical practitioners to continue their work with patients even when smartphones and other devices aren’t viable.

With the many choices of wireless technologies today, wearables can give medical practitioners the ability to control medical devices installed in or on their patients' bodies. One example is a pacemaker, allowing medical practitioners to monitor or even prevent cardiac issues before they occur.

Patients who would otherwise require frequent trips back and forth between home and hospital for the rest of their lives can get more time at home with their families. Wearables have transformed this dynamic and made it possible for patients to minimize the time in hospitals without jeopardizing their health.

 

Decentralization of Healthcare

 

Transportation to a clinical care facility can be grueling for many patients. In addition, uninsured patients can be turned away from the services they require because of the prevailing medical care model.

Because of the shortcomings of modern healthcare in the U.S., many patients have started taking healthcare into their own hands. Unfortunately, social sites, such as Facebook, Reddit, and Wikis, are not suitable stand-ins for real physicians, putting vulnerable patients further at risk.

Wearable technologies can take genuine healthcare into the patient’s homes where local facilities do not exist. All patients can benefit from the decentralized approach to healthcare that wearable devices are offering.

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has made abundantly clear that centralizing healthcare in hospitals and other clinical care facilities can be inefficient and lead to the spread of infectious diseases. Thus, across different sectors, decentralization is starting to become the rallying cry of technological development in this century, and advancements in the healthcare benefits of wearable technology are helping in this transition toward efficiency in medical care and autonomy for patients. It is widely believed that health care providers are going to see a reduction in cost as a result of this technology. This will help ensure the trend to remote patient monitoring continues.

 

End Note

Companies making wearable and IoT devices for remote patient monitoring are overwhelmed with the demand or are looking for ways to get into this hot market. These companies need assistance from expert electronic design teams specializing in wearable IoT devices to develop their products on budget and on schedule so they can quickly get them to market. Voler has helped many companies build the next-generation wearable IoT devices for use in the healthcare sector. Voler’s design experience includes popular devices with partners such as Intel, Qualcomm, Microchip, Intel, LinkLabs, and others.

 

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