The convenience and versatility of wearable technology have taken the world by storm since the introduction of the first smartwatches in 2015. The healthcare industry has embraced it as a way to more easily monitor patients in many cases where they’re not normally able. At Doha, we see that using wearable technology in healthcare has a bright future, so we want to provide you with a few ways medical providers can use it. Read our short guide below to learn more.
Remembering to take medications can be challenging for patients young and old. Wearable technology makes it much easier as patients can record when they’re taking their medications. A smartwatch can help send reminders for the proper time to take medication, so doses aren’t missed throughout the day. The convenience of having the reminder on the wrist makes it much easier than setting timers on a smartphone. What’s more, there are apps available that will help monitor medications throughout the day.
Monitor vital signs
Wearable technology of all kinds has been used for many years to keep track of heart rate and oxygen levels. Sensors on the backside of smartwatches have made this technology more accessible for patients. Passive tracking and recording of vital signs with wearable tech is a great way to ensure that patients are keeping track of their heart rate throughout the day and monitoring blood oxygen levels as needed.
Track sleep patterns
The health benefits that come with a good night’s sleep are incredible. Despite this, many people find it difficult to get enough sleep at night. Whether it’s because they prefer to stay up late or toss and turn, most people don’t know they’re not getting the right amount of sleep. Using wearable technology to track sleep can help to identify periods at night when individuals don’t sleep as well. Additionally, a smartwatch can provide reminders for the best time to go to bed to maximize sleep and wake up refreshed.
Follow post-op recovery
Medical providers often like to track the recovery of their patients after they’ve had surgery. Whether they’re going through rehabilitation at home or a facility, wearable tech can help to provide feedback directly to the doctor. Apps can be used to send regular updates that include vital signs, daily activity, and stress levels. Doctors can keep track of a patient’s progress through recovery to ensure that they’re meeting benchmarks and progressing as they should.
Assist with telehealth
Telehealth has been a great way to make health care more accessible to patients who might normally have trouble getting care. Despite the convenience, there are limitations. The use of wearable technology makes it easier for doctors to check their patient’s vital signs from a distance as the smartwatch will provide feedback on heart rate, blood pressure, and blood oxygen levels. Patients will be able to provide their doctor with more information regarding their overall health than without it.
Get in touch for more
At Doha, we believe the sky is the limit with wearable technology in healthcare. You can learn more about how it can be used and ways that it will help patients by getting in touch with our team today. Give us a call at 1-888-DOHAINC to speak with a member of our team. You can also sign up for updates regarding wearable technology by subscribing to our newsletter.