Wearable Sensors Changing the Face of Healthcare and Medicine

The tremendous rise in research efforts and large number of companies investing in the development of wearable technology has given a remarkable boost to the global wearable sensors market. The growing interest for wearable sensors is evident from the phenomenal 45.2% CAGR projected for the market from 2014 to 2020. Transparency Market Research indicates that the wearable sensors market is poised to grow from US$50 million in 2013 to US$656.7 million by 2020.

Wearable technology has entered innovative arenas with its many features. Only this month, makers of wearable technology and wearable sensors forayed onto the golf course, introducing tech gadgets that can analyze swings, track golf shots, and measure stress levels in real time. Game Golf, a shot-tracking technology, uses GPS tracking devices on golfers’ belts and a coin-sized sensor on their club grips. This automatically records information such as shot dispersion, club performance, sand saves, greens in regulation, and number of putts per hole. 

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Let’s discuss few major applications of wearable sensors.

Wearable Sensors used to Monitor Health and Wellness

One of the key trends impacting the modern healthcare industry is home healthcare, where patients with chronic conditions or older adults are allowed to rehabilitate and are monitored in the home environment. Wearable sensors allow for the remote monitoring of these patients for safety and for facilitating clinical interventions whenever required.

Ongoing studies are focused on developing wearable sensors that aid in long-term monitoring of physiological data. This can lead to significant improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases. Wearable sensors can be used to monitor blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, galvanic skin response, and body temperature.

Wearable Sensors enable Safety Monitoring in Case of Emergencies

Wearable devices and sensors are today being developed and used for numerous safety monitoring applications such as relaying alarm messages to an emergency response team or a caregiver. Commercially-available safety monitoring devices embedded with wearable sensors include the AlertOne medical alert system and the Life Alert Classic by Life Alert Emergency Response Inc. These devices designed for safety monitoring are equipped with manual panic buttons, balance sensors, and automatic fall detectors that automatically send an alarm message to operators in remote call centers.

Wearable sensors and systems are also being used in the detection of epileptic seizures, an area that has received significant attention from clinicians and researchers.

Assessing Treatment Efficacy with Wearable Sensors

Clinicians working in disease management and researchers conducting randomized clinical trials find wearable sensors a valuable tool in assessing treatment efficacy. The information derived and monitored can be used for treatment interventions, to know what happens between outpatient visits, to fine-tune the needs of individual patients, and to measure the symptoms and effect of a new therapy. Wearable sensors and devices, in such cases, work better than patient diaries since they are accurate, unbiased, and reliable.

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Wearable sensors in remote monitoring systems is of significant and ground-breaking interest in several applications and state-of-the-art technologies are being used to for the development of specifically-designed wearable sensors that will change the face of modern healthcare.


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