Have you ever thought to get a virtual doctor?
Well, wearable healthcare technology seems to be the new edge of medicine and according to a Tractica recent survey, the global wearable healthcare industry will be $17.8bn in 2021.
Every day so many new sensors are available on tech markets worldwide to help us to monitor our health values.
InteraXon company recently introduced a stress-busting headband to make meditation easy. This headband combined with an App and headphones guides breathing through changing sounds of weather based on the real-time state of people brain. This way symptoms associated with stress are reduced.
Currently, the blood-pressure monitor is much diffused as a sensor.
The blood pressure tracker is a device that can be programmed to take readings at night, syncs to an app and can be shared directly with the doctor.
Some new technologies applied to the virtual reality can help people to overcome their fears thanks to selected videos that place the user at different levels of anxiety scenarios. This treatment encourages patients to practice relaxation techniques to manage their phobias.
Some wearables allow the irregular heartbeat check, for example, the last update to the Apple Watch now includes the ability to detect arterial fibrillation, a common abnormal heart rhythm that can increase the risk of stroke.
The technology market applied to healthcare is growing exponentially and recent researches by Ericsson 2017 provide interesting percentages:
- 62% of consumers agree that wearables will put people in control of their own health;
- 58% of them agree that wearables with feedback and alerts will provide personalized care;
- 60% agree that wearables will lead to healthier lifestyles
According to the Accenture research, 90% of consumers would be willing to share personal data from a wearable device or app with a doctor and 63% of them would be willing to share data with their health insurance provider.
Actually, on applications markets, many solutions are available and numbers suggest us that users prefer using above all fitness apps followed by Diet and Health condition tracker ones.
TempTraq, introduced a 24-hour smart thermometer that continuously senses, records and sends alerts to parents whose children are unwell. The sticky patch sits under the arm and monitors temperature round the clock so carers can detect changes in fever and sickness.
They have also developed an intelligent temperature app to put your mind at ease.
These data give us a clear picture of the market size but also surprising information about the consumers willing to share their own data to get easy virtual consultations.