The healthcare and life sciences industry is transforming into an evolutionary, digital, advanced, technology driven, consumer centric industry. Compared with the tightness of existing digital adoption, the industry is booming to provide innovative solutions to provide better care for patients. The healthcare industry has come out of its predicament, disbanded the island and openly and widely accepted digital destructive processes. This can be seen from the favorable statistics, which show that more than 1800 hospitals in the United States use mobile applications, while 92% of hospitals have patient portal solutions.
As consumerist attitudes are addressed among patients, they seek convenient health care. Modern, skilled and price sensitive patients want to provide first-class nursing services with minimal effort and affordable price. A recent study by authoritative medical shows that 70% of consumers are willing to use video counseling than people who visit their primary health care providers. With the increasing popularity of telemedicine, mobile medicine or digital medicine, hospitals are also equipped with the solutions they need. 50% of American hospitals provide telemedicine facilities for patients. The remote patient monitoring market will become an industry worth US $31.3 billion. This surge has proportionally led to the proliferation of the wearable device market, which is expected to grow to the end of 2019, an increase of 15.3% over the previous year, reaching 198.5 million units.
Wearable technology in healthcare is changing from a simple fitness tracker to a real-time clinical monitor. By 2023, this changing environment is expected to result in an annual industry wide expenditure of $20 billion on health trackers and remote patient monitoring equipment. Smart watches, fitness trackers, wristbands, motion sensors, smart shoes and wearable patches may look like today’s luxury goods, but will define tomorrow’s healthcare industry.
We are moving towards an interconnected future. Wearable devices are only tomorrow’s promoters and communicators, especially in health care. Telemedicine is gradually paralleling on-site consultation. The progress of artificial intelligence solutions has further promoted the exponential growth of wearable devices.
In addition to providing convenient home health care services, these fitness care providers can also obtain data on patients’ real-time activities and vital signs. The wide application of smart phones has further promoted the increasing popularity of wearable devices. To help prevent, monitor and treat patients’ medical conditions, wearable devices connected in health care are using the Internet of things and data analysis to improve the quality of life and expectations.
Complex sensors in these devices collect patient data and transmit it to care providers to best track medical conditions. Such channels established by these devices are particularly important for monitoring and responding to life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Medical wearable devices seem very suitable for adult and mental health services because they can realize remote monitoring and notify medical personnel in case of emergency.
Data privacy remains the biggest obstacle to the widespread popularity of medical wearable devices. Most users are not familiar with AI based sensors to record their every moment. Although the number of people who allow these devices to penetrate their privacy has increased, wearable devices still have a long way to go to become the mainstream. However, confidentiality concerns are equal at the forefront of care recipients and providers. In the past, the healthcare industry existed in an isolated structure to protect patients’ private data. Now they have separated from these isolated islands, and protecting user data has become a higher priority.
The high cost of wearable devices in health care is another obstacle to their adoption. Instead of necessities, they are regarded as a luxury and unbearable for the largest part of society. Maybe with the emergence of intelligent technology, the cost will decrease in the future. Up to now, wearable devices are still beyond the reach of most people.
The high risk involved in the application of wearable devices in medical care makes accuracy and reliability become the primary task. If the equipment fails, gives an error alarm, fails to correctly transmit data or fails to correctly analyze the health status of the wearer, serious consequences may occur, sometimes even fatal.
The Internet of things and artificial intelligence are the core of the wearable device industry. The interconnection of Internet of things technology ensures data transmission on multiple nodes. It is essential to establish a reliable connection between the user’s wearable device and the care provider’s monitor. Deploying AI here is essential to understand the transmitted data and convert it into actionable information. In addition to the artificial intelligence driven Internet of things technology, healthcare wearable devices will also adopt augmented reality technology to further enhance the experience of patients receiving telemedicine. With the help of AR, doctors will be able to simulate face-to-face consultation while analyzing the patient’s condition.
In order to effectively realize intelligent, AI and AR based medical services, the central pillar is still quality engineering and software testing. Wearable device manufacturers must assume the responsibility of deploying fault-free products.
Internet of things testing is very important to ensure that each unit works absolutely in series with another unit and correctly guide information. The participation of multiple nodes opens up the possibility of greater vulnerabilities, which makes the security rediscovery of Internet of things devices indispensable. AI driven wearable devices and their sensors need to be fully tested to ensure quality, performance and operability in the real environment.