In our weekly Trends that Matter series, we provide engaging infographics and recent news from healthcare influencers to highlight general trends affecting the pharmaceutical industry. This week's featured topic is wearable devices. Today, medical technology is giving individuals greater control over their health.
Developments in the area of bio-sensing technology are improving the capabilities of wearables. According to Dr. Sima Ajami who conducts research on health information technology:
"One of the new technologies in the field of health is wearable biosensor, which provides vital signs monitoring of patients, athletes, premature infants, children, psychiatric patients, people who need long-term care, elderly, and people in impassable regions far from health and medical services. "
In the graphic below, Deloitte provides several examples of how wearables might transform our understanding of individual health status. According to Harry Greenspun, MD, Director, US Center for Health Solutions at Deloitte:
"These devices have the potential to revolutionize healthcare through remote monitoring, disease management and early detection. However, wearables will have to transform from fitness tools of the healthy to valid, reliable accessories for even the sickest among us."