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How wearable technology fits in the healthcare world

April 30, 2018
by I Advance Senior Care
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As technology advances, healthcare has ever more access to data to understand patient behaviors and improve care. In particular, there has been a proliferation of wearables from consumer gadgets, like the Fitbit, to medical devices that are FDA approved.

Here are 5 things about wearable technology being rapidly adopted in healthcare, as reported by AJMC:

1. There is significant data from wearables

In cardiology, there are wearable devices that can provide information on heart rhythm and the patient’s behaviors, as well as information like blood pressure, breathing patterns, and blood glucose levels. These devices carry incredible amounts of data, and Jagmeet P. Singh, MD, PhD, FACC, deputy editor of JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology, hopes that in 2018 the data can start finding their way into electronic health records.

However, he explained that these devices are still in their early stages. They are being used, “but are not necessarily FDA approved, because there is some question about the reproducibility of the measures from these devices.”

2. There is a wide array of types of wearable technology

The typical idea of a wearable device is a fitness tracker or some other smart electronic device that can be worn on the body. However, there is a wide range of types of these devices, including implantable devices and the first FDA-approved pill that can track a patient’s adherence. The Abilify MyCite has an ingestible sensor embedded in the pill that transmits a message to a wearable patch. The patch then transmits information to a mobile application.

FDA approved the pill, which is an antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, on November 13, 2017. It represents a potential game changer in the treatment of mental health disorders and other diseases where medication adherence has been a challenge.

Read the full list and how it may fit into long-term care at AJMC.