Wearable Health Devices for proactive healthcare
I take 7,000 steps in a day and I burn 500 calories every day for at least 5 times in a week. No matter how busy my day is, I am able to hit my bed to maintain 7 hours of sleep every night. I plan 1200 calories consumption in a day to stay healthy and fit and yes, I share this with my friends and try to motivate them to stay fit. Neither an instructor nor a highly paid counselor made my life so well planned but it was the wearable gadget I recently purchased, it made things so simple and helps me to stay fit. It is quite impressive to have a onetime purchased gadget that can educate you and keep you motivated towards health and wellness.
There are decent numbers of healthcare wearable devices in the market that are being developed by Nike, Apple, Fitbit, Jawbone, and Sony. Millions of populations are benefited by the usage of right wearable devices for proactive health care. Wearable devices are no longer just fitness bands and smart watches; this is a fallacy, instead they can monitor glucose levels, track food intake, blood pressure, ECG and transmit data straight to doctors, and can track breathing or sense stress.
“The evolution of tech – what`s next after the wearable watch”
Trends in wearable health devices technology:
According to 2014 statistics published by MDT magazine, more than 25% of adults use either a fitness tracker or smartphone app to track their health, weight or exercise. More than 57% said the possibility of lower health insurance premiums would make them more likely to use a fitness-tracking device and 48% of non-tracking adults said they would use a device provided by their physician.
Top wearable health devices:
Apple Watch, it can track activity and heart rate and potential for tracking food and medication adherence could help people self-manage these diseases more effectively. It can record daily workouts; it can give the status of overall health and summarizes automatically on the dashboard.
The Fitbit Surge, it is the “most advanced tracker to date” with an optical heart rate sensor to guide during runs and workouts and a built-in GPS. It tracks steps, calories burned and monitors how long and well you sleep and wakes you with a silent wake alarm.
Jawbone-UP3, it tracks your activity, exercise and over all calories burned throughout the day, track calories upon logging your meals in food database and gives you food score, it has advanced sensors to track your sleep stages- REM, gives suggestions to maximize your sleep and improve the quality of sleep.
There are other wearable health devices for proactive healthcare:
The iconic polo shirts have biosensing, silver fibers woven into the shirt and biometric data is stored and can be manipulated on an app through a Smartphone. It can track the amount of calories burnt and the intensity of the movements during a workout.
Sensoria Socks are made of conductive fibers and function as “textile circuit boards” that can count steps, measure speed, track mileage, estimate calorie burn, and can pin point foot landing and candence as you run.
Cur-Relief is like a futuristic Band-Aid; this wearable patch relieves pain at the push of a button. It provides instant pain relief to the area of the body on which this is placed.
Valedo ® supports long-term back health and back pain reduction. It is designed, especially for therapeutic exercises for improved movement awareness, fine muscle control and spinal stability.
Tips to design health devices – Keep it simple and smart
The best gadget provides a comfortable and glorified experieince to the users,
- Usable device – An user would be interested to carry something as simple as a bluetooth device but not a huge waist band. A well engineered and designed device resolves the purpose with no unnecessary or additional components and with the simple technique that can excute well.
- Communicate well- User appreciates the timely reminders; keep it simple to read. The communication should limit the usage of complicated terms or jargons , remember, the user doesn’t carry a dictionary. Also, a constant buzz would be annoying and it is important to plan a good and appropriate communication style to impress the user.
- Innovation- Let your innovation touch the human. A user would apprecaite to have a device as his watch to use it regualrly but not as a crown on head. Wearables should not be an additional burden to a user; instead it should be a carry on with the regular gadgets.
- Keep the promises made- When you claim your wearable to be more than just a product, it should definetly be so. Never make false claims with respect to the users’ health. Provide quick answers to the users, connect well with the software and provide reliable data at the right time.
- Motivate with fun- The wearable can be a part of the user’s life by the way he/she is addicited to it. The devices that have a fun and creative interface, involves the users and motivates them to wear it for a long time.
Wearable technology with useful insights, integrated, engaging, social and out-come driven features puts a patient`s real time personal health data in his or her own hands. 10 or 15 years ago, patients relied solely on a doctor`s professional opinion for feedback on treatment and health progress. Now, an individual with a wearable health device can monitor his/her health, can educate and make decisions regarding his health status from the comfort of the home or on the go.