Smart garments, interaction design, embedded sensors – what do wearables bring in healthcare?
Wearables rank on top of the currently available (and emerging) digital solutions for preventive healthcare. Studies anticipate that the mass-scale implementation of wearables would change human behavior. All this in ways whose amplitude should match the other big digitally-induced changes that we’ve experienced in the past decade.
Computers would have morphed into a new, progressive sense of the term. One of the sources we’ve browsed introduces the “collective wearable” notion. By carrying wearables around, people will provide mobility. Mobility means an enhanced digital perception for this huge network of sensors.
Of course, these devices need to collect, deliver, and answer to commands based on processed data, a thing that requires software. A new generation of software for miniaturized devices would roam around, in the shape of watches, glasses or even part of our garments.
Preventive healthcare, giving wearables a noble use
Which one of us can say he or she doesn’t care to find out details about their health? When it comes to self-centered preoccupations, the adults of today are more responsive than those of past days. We may even compete with kids in our eagerness to connect our wellbeing with the digital environment. Who could resist a visually attractive, efficient and well-promoted device? Especially when it provides precious insights about our body. We would have metrics about the way we sleep, breathe, and exercise, about various physical systems and functions.
Of course, these devices would also link the people who wear them with their physicians. Remember a couple of years ago a nanotechnology that reported whether a patient took the prescribed pills or not? Similarly, doctors could monitor the persons in their care . Remotely. The software layer of this wonderfully connected system would deliver a continuous or periodic stream of data. The wearer would link straight into the dedicated software, into the medical network itself. Notifications and/or warnings could prompt the care professionals to intervene when needed.
The actual healthcare potential is huge. So is the preventive healthcare digital market. With a couple of problems out of the way, the manufacturers can expect a boom. For once, the measurements need to be accurate. Another major issue already publicized would be the cyber-security one. No one wants to carry around his/her wrist an open invitation to hackers everywhere.
Both risks point out a key element – quality is needed. High-quality embedded software and software engineering in all layers, from the UI to the data processing system.
How to be successful and build/maintain a notable reputation in the healthcare wearables market? All the involved entities need to make sure quality and reliability are their main goals. With the potential audience spanning worldwide, you would want to get it right from the first time.
Software solutions partners that have accumulated experience in digital healthcare so far are a wise way to go.
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