Smart wearable devices are not new to everyone. From the appearance of Google glasses to the entry of various enterprises into R & D, so far, there are many such products, mainly including smart glasses, smart watches, smart wristbands, smart running shoes, smart rings, smart armbands, smart waist bands, smart helmets, smart buttons, etc. These many wearable devices also have rich functions, covering social networking, entertainment, navigation, fitness and other aspects, among which the demand for health management is undoubtedly the most prominent and revolutionary. Such products are emerging one after another, such as smart bracelets, heart rate monitors, wearable fitness trackers, weight meters that can analyze human body composition, etc.
The application of wearable devices in the medical field does have a lot of room for development. According to AI media consulting, the scale of China’s mobile medical and health market is expected to reach 7.42 billion yuan by the end of 2016. In 2018, the scale of China’s mobile medical and health market will reach 18.43 billion.
According to its observation of the market, the scale of China’s smart wearable device market will reach 18 billion in 2016, and more than 90% of Chinese mobile phone Internet users are willing to try relevant wearable medical and health devices. The function of wearable medical and health devices has become the first consideration before users buy and use. By 2017, China’s smart wearable device market is expected to reach 29.81 billion.
Facing such a broad market, what can wearable devices bring to users? On the one hand, wearable medical and health devices can realize the function of users collecting body index data by themselves, so that users can master their personal health status in real time and correct bad living habits in time, so as to realize disease prevention and early treatment.
On the other hand, the long-term dynamic monitoring of human health indicators by wearable medical and health devices provides a large amount of data for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, and provides a basis for the preliminary diagnosis of some diseases and the treatment of chronic diseases.
In short, based on its huge data potential, wearable medical and health devices play the role of a health data collector. Collect users’ daily health indicators, cultivate users’ good use habits, understand the development of the disease, and reduce the treatment cost of doctors and patients.
Although the benefits of wearable devices in the medical field are obvious, they have not brought us all the above benefits as far as the current situation is concerned. Because the current wearable medical device is still a superficial health management mode, which has not broken through to the depths of the medical field.
At present, for wearable devices used for medical monitoring, relevant national institutions have not given clear norms and supervision, which leads to the lack of standardization of monitoring data of these wearable devices and no security guarantee. Without corresponding normative constraints, the hospital lacks a sense of identity for these data. At this time, these data are of no use value.
Therefore, the current difficulty is how to use wearable devices in the field of clinical medicine. This is a big problem. On the one hand, medical treatment itself is a very professional and accurate field. The medical equipment of the hospital has incomparable advantages over wearable devices; On the other hand, in terms of medical data detection, there is a competitive relationship between the two. How can the hospital give wearable devices a share. Therefore, the exchange and mutual recognition of medical data urgently needs clear instructions and supervision from relevant national institutions.
If the state can standardize these medical data, make wearable medical devices complete effective data accumulation, and finally form a closed-loop ecological chain of medical services of monitoring, treatment and rehabilitation through the professional data analysis and guidance of the hospital, then this will be a big breakthrough in the market of wearable medical devices!