It started with the Fitbit, and now other wearable devices are being used to track a person’s health. They’re small, portable, and convenient. So, what are the latest high-tech gadgets on the market? There are four new devices that could change the way doctors treat patients.
The future of healthcare could be something you wear!
“Every day you have more applications, wearable devices that are out there in the market,” said Khaldoun Tarakji, MD, an Electrophysiologist at the Cleveland Clinic.
One of those is the Ava bracelet. It’s an FDA approved device that monitors a woman’s fertility and menstrual cycle by collecting up to three million data points that are linked to a rise in reproductive hormones. Women simply put the watch on before bed, and it syncs with a mobile app. And, the fever scout is a wearable patch that’s placed near a person’s armpit. It tracks their temperature over time, and smartphone alerts let caregivers know if there’s a fever spike.
Another device could take the pain out of blood sugar testing for people with diabetes. The K’track Glucose Monitor uses microneedles that are less than 0.5 millimeters to collect and analyze fluid right below the skin surface. The Live by Earlysense is a remote sensor that monitors sleep and vital stats for patients who can’t get out of bed. Clinical studies have shown it’s about 93 percent accurate at detecting sleep patterns, heart rate, breathing, movement, and other data.
The number of wearable devices shipped to consumers is expected to reach 130 million by 2018.