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October 10, 2017

Healthcare Tech Terms: What are On-Skin Wearables?

Examples of On-Skin Wearables

Why are On-Skin Wearables important in Healthcare?

One of the biggest challenges which the Wearable and Medical Device industry face is that of adherence i.e. continuity of use by customers for the accurate collection of data which can then be analysed 

to further improve the healthcare plan for the individual, as well as crucial information as part of a clinical trials with the potential of better health outcomes for a larger population.

Ensuring that customers actually wear their FitBit (beyond the initial excitement of a New Year’s resolution) is struggle enough - let alone ensuring that patients will diligently use medical devices in the home as well as completing a prescription of antibiotics. Failure to continue to use this different forms of Remote Patient Monitoring may not only impact the individual, but it also affects the collection of reliable data.

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So, What Are 'On-Skin' Wearables?

To this end, the next generation of wearables allows the individual to simply attach the device directly on the skin to enable uninterrupted monitoring and drug delivery.

In addition to more accurate readings from wearable monitors, through wearable drug delivery; customers are able to receive medication painlessly through the skin without the need for needles.

A wearable drug delivery patch, for example, can be connected through a platform which monitors dosing and timing and thus ensuring accurate drug intake and adherence.

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How can we improve On-Skin Wearables?

Overall, on-skin monitoring and drug delivery will eliminate concerns around human error, irregular monitoring and will further free up physicians time whilst empowering patients.

This technology is still relatively new, but it's expected to continue to develop rapidly in the coming years, in particular to enhance quality of life for individuals managing a chronic illness which require regular monitoring as well as distribution of medication such as diabetes.

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