Wearable Technology in Healthcare
Published: March 18, 2015
The rise of technology has given us so many advantages, especially in the realm of healthcare. We've found the cures to diseases and been able to live longer than ever before. Technology has seamlessly integrated itself into our lives - just try going a few days without! But tech has become so much more than cell phones and game consoles. Isn't it time that companies investing in our leisure time invest in our health as well?
Wearables In and On Us
As far as wearable health technology goes, commonplace items include hearing aids, pacemakers and exercise aids such as the Fitbit. While these are impressive gadgets, there could be many more that monitor our bodies constantly. WearableTech News reported that the Consumer Electronics Show of early 2015 barely had any devices that cater to those with such diseases as obesity and diabetes, conditions that affect half of all American adults. People are pushing for devices that can collect data directly from patients and send them to healthcare professionals. This falls in between preventative medicine and disease treatment. Monitoring the data could prevent a major health catastrophe from occurring by marking the changes in the body. Imagine the limbs and lives that could be saved by advanced technology - the real amazing thing is that these devices aren't too far away.
Managing the Data
These devices could be the next big thing in healthcare. And while it's an amazing opportunity for patients, doctors and developers alike, this kind of project has the potential to be entirely overwhelming. The influx of information that will inevitably come in from the monitors will be unlike any other phenomenon in the world of healthcare. These data centers will need to be managed by top-of-the-line CRM software. The sheer volume is enough to make even the most sophisticated systems collapse under the weight. In an infographic detailing wearable technology in healthcare, Boston Technology asserted that there will be issues incorporating the wearables into the healthcare ecosystem. The software managing the data and those managing the software will have to understand the risk of exposing personal data and the challenge of integrating the devices into the existing systems of the hospital. Even though there will be issues, there is CRM software that can handle the information and the risks involved. Interested parties should not shy away from these devices, but embrace them as we have the rest of technology.