Technology has offered the rooms of an opportunities to wowed the world with amazing powerful gadgets that can comprises the potential to record heart rate, steps taken, calories expended, and other day to day activities.
The companies like Nike, Jawbone, Fitbit, and Apple have introduced and brought to market amazing wearable gadgets that one can not even think before. These gadgets are not an ordinary gadgets as it hold the potential to record patient behaviour who are suffering from chronic diseases like arthritis, asthma, cancer, COPD, diabetes etc with the help of trackers embedded in mobile applications.
According to the survey of Pew Foundation, 45% of US adults are suffering with at least one chronic disease but only 40% of adults track their health indicators. While only 19% of people with no chronic diseases use wearable devices to track their healthcare conditions.” So far this year $2.8 billion has been spent on wearable medical devices”.
With the growing demand of wearable devices, companies also shifted their focus towards these gadgets as these devices are an stirring symbol of the great amount of knowledge and possibility that’s now immediately available to chronic patients on a global scale. Not only this, it also provides an excellent beginning point to harness such innovative technology in creative way to help millions of patients who marvel in tracking personal health data.
To know the ground truth, researchers and companies spoke with more than 1,000 industry leaders, nurse practitioners, physicians, and assistants and find out the amazing facts related to digital gadgets. Let’s have a look:
The findings of the report:
- Approx. 42% of physicians are comfortable with at-home test results to prescribe medication.
- Most of the physicians believe that e-visits could replace nearly 10% of in-office visits of patient and this will also increase patient-clinician interaction.
- Approx. 66% of doctors would prescribe an app to deal with chronic diseases and 28% of consumers said they have healthcare app on their mobile phone so that they can track their health record.
- 79% of physicians and nearly 50% of consumers believe that wearable devices can help doctors better coordinate care.
These figures clearly shows that the healthcare industry including hospitals, patients and the pharmaceutical industry believe in the technology and never afraid to adopt it in their system.
However, several existing barriers like security, consumer consent, privacy, data-sharing and fragmented workflows ceasing the implementation of this new paradigm but developers and IT industry putting their best efforts to overcome these barriers. Now, let’s discuss the benefits of wearable gadgets
Benefits Of Wearable Gadgets
With the growing acceptance of wearable gadgets among physicians clearly excite mobile app developers and IT companies to explore and develop such technologies to help patients suffering from chronic illness. Let’s discuss some of its benefits that may trigger your focus toward these technologies:
1. Generate actionable insights
As wearable devices allow to track behaviour change with the help of analytics, it helps doctors to provide tailor made care plans for patients and also remotely manage their care plans.
2. Allow to rethink the workforce and workflows
Digital technology allow government bodies to ensure that physicians are working properly and leverage care extenders, such as nurse practitioners, when appropriate. It also helps in adjusting the workforce, which can reduce costs and improve overall quality.
3. Modify the traditional healthcare practices
Latest healthcare systems replace the traditional healthcare practices by allowing physicians to track their patients reports remotely. With the help of digital devices and advanced health care systems, its become easy for doctors to provide specific care plan to patients on the basic of the severity of the diseases.
Currently there has been a paradigm shift in the healthcare industry for the chronic-care setting, It enables a physician, stakeholder or individual to take proactive measures to not only address a decrease but to course-correct it back to a state of wellness.