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Digital health and wearable devices will not only benefit fitness addict. Digital health technologies and innovation are part of the future for treating chronic conditions and improving our daily life.
Medical technology will continue to be instrumental for public health. HIPAA compliant health platforms, artificial intelligence, and mobile health technologies will help in diagnostics, treatment, and much more.
This article is part of a series in which we will present innovative digital healthcare devices that will undoubtedly benefit medical specialties.
Cardiology and blood pressure monitoring/digital stethoscopes
Hyperlipidemia and high-blood pressure diseases are the diseases of a generation consuming too much food. Our evolution mechanisms have adapted us throughout thousands of years to deal with famine and lack of food. Our current high carbohydrate regimens lead to many heart diseases that need to be treated and monitored daily.
The Omron Heart Guide is the best smartwatch to monitor blood pressure on the market to monitor blood pressure where ever and whenever. Other cheapest watches use the Heart Rate Variability to estimate blood pressure. If knowledge is power, medical devices such as electronic stethoscopes amplify the heart sounds and analyze heart rhythm abnormalities in real-time.
Eko Health started as a startup at Stanford and is now one of the leaders in the electronic stethoscopes field. 3M Littmann partnered with them for developing their new top of the line stethoscope, the 3M Littmann Core Digital Stethoscope.
Dermatology and UV patches
L’Oréal is the uncontested leader in skincare. When such a company develops a new solution, it is wise to consider that it will hint at what the future will be.
In 2017, in partnership with La Roche-Posay, the company developed a wearable patch to measure the amount of UV sunlight received and notify sunbath lovers when looking for shade to preserve their skin. The principle is ingenious and relies on scanning the UV patch color changes with a dedicated app.
La Roche-Posay went one step further and developed the battery-free “My skin Track UV” that clips on your clothes or is worn as a necklace. It continuously tracks the environmental aggressions your skin is subjected to daily. UV, pollution, pollen, and humidity are measured and displayed on the companion app.
Neurology and self-stabilizing utensils
More than 1% of adults over 60 years old have Parkinson’s disease. Tremors have severe consequences on daily routines as essential as eating. Verily is a company devoted to transforming health care with technology.
Liftware steady is a self-stabilizing device relying on advances gyroscopic sensors that detect and counterbalance hand tremors to provide a more pleasing experience to patients affected by Parkinson’s disease.
Various utensils such as a fork or a spoon can be attached to the handle, which charges using the provided charger and offers one-hour battery life.
Sometimes the smallest innovation is the one that will have the more significant impact on the quality of life. The Liftware steady undoubtedly fall in this category.
To be continued
Stay tuned for our next article on how digital health will change the future of healthcare, and the way care is delivered.