Wearable devices: help prevention focused healthcare
Now wearable devices are becoming popular in the non-tech-savvy people also. Despite the hype, I think it is becoming popular because of our focus has shifted from treatment to prevention. Bellows are some facts, * Prevention is finally achievable because of new wearables and other health sensors. * 16% of US adults used some kind of wearable in 2015 * Artificial intelligence based personalized coaching system can help us for decision making and behavior change. * To truly shift focus to prevention, regulators and employers must start subsidizing it at least as heavily as they do treatment. * Even simple preventive measures can potentially save 2 million lives and nearly $4 billion annually.
Preventing disease has never before been a realistic goal. We have never before understood medical conditions and their underlying causes like we do now. Wearable, ingestible, and digestible sensors stand to provide access to real time, high fidelity data on each individual’s health, helping anyone understand their health. Even more important, this understanding has been shown to fuel behavior change. Gamification can drive healthy habits – like how the Well pets app changed asthma monitoring for kids by making it a game instead of a chore.
New wearable devices are being created which can be used to remotely monitor a multitude of data. This will allow the companies to continuously track blood glucose levels providing alerts when levels get too high or too low. How insurance companies will utilize this data in assigning our premiums is anybody’s guess. However, the intersection of personal data with wearable devices and how third parties might use it will soon become a reality.
So, prevention is finally achievable because of new wearables and other health sensors.