Wearables have been around and evolving for over 700 years dating back to the invention of Eye glasses in 1286 AD. From there we continued to look for opportunities to miniaturize and mobilize everything from Cameras (1907), Computers (1961), Calculators (1975), digital hearing aids (1986), Physical Activity Tracker (Fitbit and cell phones 2009), to smart watches (2015). Since around 2014, we have seen a fevered pace in the advancement of wearables in the health care industry alone. The work and functionality that these wearables can do for us today is quite simply amazing and we’re just getting started. When we pair wearables with robust data analytics / AI and the consistent improvement in connectivity, the results and ability for physicians to understand and act on that data will no doubt be nothing less than transformational and Epic.
Think of what is now possible that only a short 5 years ago seemed like science fiction. Today we already have the ability to remotely; know, track, receive, ingest, analyze, and share all kinds of Patient biological data ranging from; blood oxygen levels, glucose levels, Electrical cardiac signatures, pulse, body temperature, perspiration, blood pressure, physical exercise, and more. Many of these capabilities can be accomplished with only a sticker on your skin or a modality that’s the size of a smallcookie (or even smaller). In the coming year, with the 21st Century Cures Act, the ability to agnostically sync patient generated data (Apple Health / Google Fit, etc.) directly into a patients Electronic Medical Record and then share with their primary care physician, specialist or hospital of choice will soon be realized.