A new wave in Health Science – Wearable Medical Devices

A new wave in Health Science – Wearable Medical Devices

Health-conscious has become a stereotype these days due to our increased day to day stress activities. As a result health checkups have become predominantly popular and more awareness has been started to encourage people to undergo it very often. However, there are many individuals who find it very difficult to go for a regular health scan due to their busy schedule or affordability. So what if we have an easy way to this, like compact and portable devices that we can carry anywhere or that connects our health status to our doctors or that constantly alarms us about our condition at an affordable cost? And the good news is YES.

Thanks to advancements in technology in the field of healthcare, we now have some wearable medical appliances that we can carry around comfortably just like a part of our attire. It can be thought as an extended body similar to our mobile phones (sarcasm) except with the positive benefits and most importantly they are designed in such a way to suit our fashion as well.

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If we delve deeper into these devices, they are more like a mini or microcomputer which receives the input, followed by processing that received information and producing the output eventually. The input system here gathers the required information from either the embedded sensors in the device or manual logging by the human or from a server through a wireless medium. The processing system involves careful assessing of the incoming data to provide the accurate response, which can be provided either directly to the person or used in invoking other support mechanisms as per the necessity. The output can be of various forms like display, sounds, or any other functions of the helping device and sometimes sharing to the remote monitoring device.

Some of the popular devices that are currently available or already in the process of the manufacturing includes the following:

Fitbit watches, monitoring our daily routine like food, weight, sleep and all other activities helping us to be fit and motivated.
Holter monitor, to observe the cardiac activity of patients during their typical day for 24 hours using the electrodes placed on the chest of the person.
Sleep apnea monitor, to alert the patient whenever there is a divergence in the pattern of sleeping, different from the expected.
Google Glass, providing all the information to doctors without even laying their fingers over the computer or case sheets. It comes with a wide range of benefits like telemedicine, augmented reality, and patient – doctor communication, so on and so forth.
ADAMM or Automated Device for Asthma Monitoring and Management, a complete support system for asthma patients.
Quell relief, a knee brace with the electrode to provide the relief to your pain for almost 40 hours after charging.
HealthPatch MD, a biosensor which can be reused with ECG electrodes and tri-axis accelerometer to record our heart beat, temperature, walking steps and also the position of the body for a fallen person.
iTBra, a smart bra to take care of the breast health due to the increased number of breast cancer cases lately.
Ulcer sensor, which alerts the patients to do some physical work when they are sitting for long time and also helps them by suggesting the appropriate ways.

These are just a sneak peek before the emerging revolution of the wearable medical devices’ storm hits the field of health sciences. As per the recent research of Huffington Post, the expected number of these wearable appliances that will be shipped to the consumers by 2018 is 130 million.

Wearable appliances can also have the potential to replace our smartphones by providing access to make calls, emails, messaging and much more necessary features. Also, can control the IoT integrated devices in the office or home, like turning off the lights, fans, or managing the air conditioner and so on. They maintain accuracy by monitoring our health activities, food habits, and exercises to provide us that best medical condition we always dreamt of having. They are not only highly effective for the chronic diseased or the physically challenged people but also for those individuals whose work includes a major risk like mining, defense, fire brigades, gas and oil, and many other fields to keep track of their health and cry out for help during the times of emergency. Apart from the health benefits, they can also reduce the financial stress involved in regular doctor visits and health consultants’ advice.

On the downside, we have to consider few aspects that might hinder the acceptance of wearable devices in the larger mass of people. Primarily the price would be a deciding factor in the initial days as most of the people in developing countries hardly afford such expensive devices. Secondarily, issues related to charging, battery life, and heat produced from excessive usage. Finally, the lack of awareness can take the lower and middle sections of the people farther from the usage and benefits of such helpful medical appliances.

However, based on the bright side of the appliances, it is certainly a huge achievement in the field of health and medical sciences. With the increase in these wearable medical devices, we can hope for healthy future increasing both the quality of living and lifespan of all the humans just like our great grand ancestors.

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