When a person has a desire to track their health, there are a wide variety of technological options available. Everything from health apps to a variety of wearable devices, and more make this possible. According to research conducted by Pew Research, over 20 percent of Americans currently utilize some type of technology to compile their health data. This trend is expected to only increase in the future.
Many people struggle to use technology to track their health. They don’t like how it requires them to put on a wristband, clip on something or attach something. Wearable smart garments are increasing in popularity. Experts predict that in a few years, the sales in this emerging industry will be in the billions. These types of garments are designed to have sensors embedded in them. They will be able to record everything from a person’s breathing to their heart rate and more. The information is gathered in real-time and can be viewed on a person’s smartphone.
A new wristband has been developed that will enable a person to know the number of calories they’ve consumed, as well as the quality of the meals they eaten. This wristband is designed to use a variety of light wavelengths to determine the type of nutrients that are in a person’s bloodstream. This technology will enable a person to see the nutrients in their system before, during and after a meal.
This technology enables a person to have remote access to a healthcare professional. This will cut down on travel, waiting room visits and more. It is designed to provide each patient with easy access to a specific doctor. They can speak with this healthcare professional at any time or place. This has been shown to improve a person’s understanding of their health issues. It makes the healthcare experience much more personal.
Financial Health Incentives
There are companies using technology to track people’s health habits. Many of them are providing customers with financial incentives to develop healthier lifestyle choices. In some cases, customers are able to have their relatives and friends sponsor them and get even larger rewards. It is designed to provide a slight rebuke for missing an exercise time, but provides some type of financial reward when people reach a predetermined health goal.
Video games were created for entertainment. Today, they are showing some real promise in being part of healthy living. The Wii has provided a popular exercise system. People who find exercise boring, are finding cyber exercise, physical game playing and more, to be fun. Video games are also available that can improve a person’s cognitive abilities. It’s providing a way for people to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
Social Networks for Health
There are now more social networks designed to provide information and consultations on health related topics. This is a positive technological advance for both patients and physicians. It enables health care providers and patients to build better relationships. Patients can ask more questions, and physicians can receive more types of important feedback.
The technology is making it possible for people to be more involved with their own healthcare. The ability for a patient to better manage their healthcare means it can be designed to address their specific situation. Technology has enabled patients and physicians to work together like never before.