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What Do Consumer Wearables Mean For Physicians?

Werables are big business right now. It seem everyone has some sort of wearable, weather it’s a Fitbit or an Apple Watch, you’ll notice some sort of wearable on he majority of people around you. Their popularity is in part due to their ability to track everything, including vitals, weight, calories, sleep and so much more. These wearables are poised to make a big impact on healthcare. So what does this mean for physicians?

Easier ways to track things for their patients is one thing. Currently, many hospitals across the globe are creating pilot programs that test the Apple Watch’s efficacy in aiding in patient care. They are exploring whether or not monitoring their patient’s vital stats like blood glucose and blood pressure can help reduce childhood obesity. Other programs are seeing if the Apple Watch makes it easier for patients to take medication with reminder apps, with feedback going to doctors who can then adjust medications after patients submit data about their symptoms. Right now, the Apple Watch statistics are positive, with the first-generation of watches getting a 97% approval rating. Many have commented that the Watch’s Activity Tracker ability has contributed to a healthier lifestyle.

Right now, it’s way too early to tell if this typo of technology will change the way we practice medicine. But these wearables are already helping with patient interactions in the clinical setting since they can eliminate non-urgent disruptions for physicians. The Doc Halo app on the Apple Watch allows them to know at a glance if the message they got must be addressed right now or if it can wait.

In terms of meaningful clinical results, many healthcare systems are still trying to see how to process huge amounts of data from these wearables so that the data can be translated into information that physicians can use. But by the looks of it, wearables seem to have a positive impact on the industry and their use looks promising for healthcare professionals and patients, alike.

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