Can wearables diagnose issues with your physical health?
One of the other main benefits wearable technology provides is health measurable. Wearable smart tech measures personal health data continuously to analyze how specific organs and body systems are functioning, as well as how small tendencies, subtle movement patterns, or micro-injuries add up over time.
Traditionally, the healthcare system has treated health problems and injuries retroactively. We seek help once something becomes an unavoidable issue. Wearable technology is changing this, shifting the paradigm from treating symptoms to addressing root causes. Wearable watches, rings, and apparel can sense heart rate and body temperature, giving users insight into serious medical conditions like heart arrhythmia. Cutting-edge medical wearables can track vital biometric data like blood oxygen, blood pressure, and hydration, showing users if they have high or low blood pressure or are dehydrated. Wearables that track biometric data like stride length and cadence can alert users if these aspects of their movement are dysfunctional or shifting over time, which, if untreated, might contribute to joint pain or injuries, or point to early symptoms of other serious health concerns like drop foot.
Because wearable devices monitor biometrics and contextualize them with other data, they can reveal hidden health concerns before they turn into bigger problems, potentially reducing the chance of invasive, expensive, long-term treatments or surgeries. In fact, a recent survey of people who currently use wearable healthcare devices revealed that 86% felt it improved their health and quality of life, and enabled their doctors to provide a higher quality of care.
Taking care of ourselves isn’t always easy, but wearable technology is making it simpler, more approachable, and more enjoyable than ever before. Whether you’re looking to improve your fitness or simply hoping to keep an eye on your overall health, today’s wearable devices not only monitor vital biometric data, but also track and contextualize that data over time, making it understandable and actionable, whether that’s in the gym or at the doctor’s office. By offering features that integrate tasks, in addition to those that help or remind us to make healthy choices—like supporting a good night’s sleep or notifying us when we haven’t moved for a while—wearable devices support a balanced, less stressful life, giving users the data they need to make their wellness a daily practice.