How Wearable Technology is Changing the Healthcare Scenario in India
As innovations and inventions of healthcare technology are being released, the traditional relationship between doctors and patients seems to be changing for good.
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As the buzz around wearable technology transitions into a boom, Indian consumers and capitalists are beginning to take notice. And why not? India, with a young population that is always on the lookout for new innovations, makes it an ideal market for this technology with limitless potential.
Wearable devices are now available in a broad spectrum of options ranging from watches, glasses to even footwear, and wireless connectivity and reduced cost for sensors have made it possible for wearable technology to finally go mainstream. Also investors have begun to quickly pour funds into wearable technology. More and more retailers and emerging start-ups are fighting for a stake in this rapidly evolving industry.
Research by IDC Insights indicates that by 2018, 70% of healthcare organizations worldwide will invest in consumer-facing technologies, including apps, wearables, remote monitoring, and virtual care. It has been forecasted that the wearable technology devices are increasingly being used for health monitors, smart watches, smart shoes and will take off aggressively in the workplaces leading to significantly improving security, productivity, collaboration, & overall workplace effectiveness. Many corporates have been quick to sense the opportunities for harnessing health data of their employees to help drive efficiencies and enhance services related to healthcare.
In the healthcare space, wearable technology has moved beyond offering apps to devices that are interconnected and help the user to track their fitness levels, sleeping patterns and more. The technology with the support of mobile applications motivates one to track themselves and further improvises to achieve the desired target. The ultimate goal of wearable technology is to make the day-to-day tasks more efficient, more effective and make life easier & fun. This data collected needs to observed and analyzed in order to move towards living a healthy and fit lifestyle.
With the emergence of wearables, patients are being less reliant on doctors for regular medical help, as it gives liberty to patients to monitor their own health. While more and more companies are launching wearables to reduce health insurance expenses, the healthcare industry is coming up with new innovative ways to monitor patient’s health. Wearables assist patients to be accountable for their health and stay focused on their goals set by their doctor. It encourages patients to monitor their own health and work towards achieving the set goals. Like many wearable users set 10,000 steps, or about five miles, as a daily goal.
The demand for such wearable devices will grow, driven by rising occurrences of diabetes and other chronic conditions that require constant, round-the-clock monitoring and check-ups.
Technology is swiftly changing the healthcare scenario in India, and the popularity of wearables is here to make a serious impact. As innovations and inventions of healthcare technology are being released, the traditional relationship between doctors and patients seems to be changing for good.
So if you’re not yet tracking your fitness on your wrist, you may want to reconsider.
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