Wearables, or Wearable Devices, refer to electronic technologies or computers that are incorporated into items of clothing and accessories which can comfortably be worn on the body. Naturally, the rise of Wearable technology has major implications for Healthcare, with the ability to monitor heartrates, fitness levels, and even check blood pressure.
It is important to note that Wearables are not the same as tech 'accessories', like headphones. Wearables tap into the world of the 'Connected Self' - saving and transmitting information via bluetooth or online-transfers, often connected to other devices, like your smartphone, and utilizing smart sensors.
Examples of Wearables for Healthcare
Health organizations, including doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies, are the most trusted when referring wearables to their customers. The ability to share information in real-time with providers makes health-focused wearables some of the most popular in the field, and have numerous applications:
Other wearable tech gadgets include devices that have small motion sensors to take photos and sync with your mobile devices. The ability for these devices to connect to the cloud allow for greater measurement and understanding of the patients own health, as well as the potential to notify care providers should a certain measure be exceeded/emergency health issue come into play.
As the potential applications of the Internet of Medical Things continue to grow, the sociological and cultural impact wearable technology will have in the future cannot be minimized.
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