With the announcement of the Apple Watch in September 2014 and the official unveiling of the product in March 2015, people around the world are getting ready to purchase and utilize the timepiece in ways that no traditional watch has been capable of. Wearable technology, especially in the world of healthcare, has been around for many years. Hearing aids and glasses were once the cutting-edge tech of the day, making way for glucose meters and pacemakers. Now, the advent of the wearable healthcare technology could revolutionize the way patients, doctors and insurance providers deal with personal health. The Apple Watch, available in late April 2015, will be the first step toward a holistic healthcare system that starts on a wrist.
Using the Watch as a Watchdog
As it stands, the Apple Watch will be equipped with the ability to monitor heart rate, steps taken and log athletic activity, according to Apple. This is just the beginning of how this nifty device can take the healthcare industry and turn it on its head - or rather, its wrist.
Eventually, this watch, or others like it, could monitor the content of a patients' sweat or his or her glucose levels and heart activity and send that information directly to the doctor's office. Soon, patients won't need to be as honest as possible during appointments, instead, practitioners will be able to read up-to-the-minute data about a person's health. Eventually, according to HealthData Management, wearable devices will be able to track vital signs that could signal a call for help if an emergency arises. This is invaluable in the healthcare industry, as deaths of individuals with chronic diseases such as heart disease will decrease. If a wearable device can alert an EMT service as a wearer suffers a heart attack or suddenly has a spiking fever. Countless lives could be saved thanks to wearables like the Apple Watch.
Using Wearables in Practice
With the use of wearables and if they do, in fact, begin to collect data and send them off to the proper recipients, there needs to be a management system in place that can handle the influx. There is no way for insurance providers or hospitals to manage the information, so there needs to be CRM software to make sure doctors can access their patients' data. The Apple Watch is going to transform the way people transfer and manage their own information, and it's the perfect opportunity for our bodies to work with our technology to manage our health on their own.