Wearable tech in healthcare

Market trends indicate an increase in the uptake of end-user wearable devices

with functions capable of monitoring health and lifestyle - even if just tracking you to the fridge and back.

This technology enables the wearer to collect useful data about themselves and their health – but how, and importantly, why?

Wearable devices are gadgets equipped with sensors and capabilities that enable sharing, such as Bluetooth, which collect data about the user and their surrounding environment. These are usually worn on the wrist as smartwatches and fitness trackers but products that take the form of rings, or adhesive patches are also available for consumer use, with the technology to become smaller and much more sophisticated in years to come.

Wearables are commonly used to track sleep and exercise but are also useful in the management of conditions like Epilepsy, and are especially valuable for ailments influenced by lifestyle, such as Diabetes and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Not only can the user log, review and share their own statistics; automatic data is collected 24 hours a day and alerts can be triggered when certain milestones or events are reached – daily step count achievement, a dip in vital signs or to flag concerning inactivity, such as a fall or a false alarm triggered by a particularly lengthily Netflix binge session.