Technology has dramatically transformed the way we live, work, and communicate. . The activity tracker trend begun by Fitbit just a few years ago has paved the way for a new generation of technologies that go beyond fitness and allow us to check and improve our health.
The scope of these emerging health technologies is breathtaking. You can now monitor your baby’s fever with a wearable thermometer which will send an alert to your smartphone if her fever spikes (which is especially helpful if it happens overnight). There are apps that use your smartphone’s camera to analyze whether a mole is benign or showing signs of skin cancer. Smart pillboxes will text you a reminder to take your medication. Connected scales can help you monitor your weight over time. Smart asthma inhalers help sufferers optimize the management of their condition. Those with risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure can monitor it with a connected blood pressure cuff or perform a medical-grade electrocardiogram (EKG) to know instantly if their heart rhythm is abnormal (e.g. atrial fibrillation). Just last year the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor saved a man’s life!
It is only a matter of time before digital health technologies continuously collect vital data from our bodies and alert us when there is a problem, just like the “check engine” light in our cars. As the following short video shows, the sensors and algorithms in digital health technologies will become more sophisticated over the next few years, allowing us to do even more with little or no guidance from a doctor. [EMBED VIDEO] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9bLZFxTb_0