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What Health Monitoring Wearables Mean for Your Wellness

05/16/2022

Smartwatches seem to be everywhere, and people are using them for much more than telling time. These portable, wrist-bound super-computers also represent a transformative breakthrough in healthcare: wearable health monitors. 

Over the past four years, the use of wearable health monitoring devices has grown from 3% to 33%1. Today, more than 80% of Americans say they’d be willing to monitor their health with wearable gadgets, and 75% of users agree that wearables help them better manage their health1.  

More than a trend, wearables have become an effective and convenient way for people to monitor and improve their health, wellbeing, and fitness. Wearables and devices allow us to track our steps, workouts, heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure, glucose levels, body temperature, sleep quality, moods, migraines, what we eat and how it affects us — and more.  

Wearable devices collect millions of bits of biometric data from the people using them. With access to this data at their fingertips, users can play a more active, informed, and empowered role in improving their own health and wellness. 

But it’s not just consumers who are embracing the health benefits of wearables and devices.  Providers are increasingly adopting remote health monitoring to better manage their patients’ health, as well as prevent and treat acute and chronic conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, sleep apnea, asthma, and mental health disorders.  

It’s no surprise that health monitoring has become a central feature of telemedicine. With remote health monitoring, AI-powered devices equipped with biosensors track and collect a wide range of health data collected from patients in their own homes. This data is then shared remotely and securely with healthcare professionals who provide real-time assessments, diagnoses, and interventions. Patients get the care they need, without having to travel to another location or sit in crowded waiting rooms. 

Perhaps one of the most promising uses of remote health monitoring is for disease prevention. Equipped with cutting-edge biosensors, today’s health monitoring devices can detect a specific molecule linked to a potential health condition — allowing doctors to act more quickly and proactively1.  

You don’t need complicated or expensive equipment to participate in remote health monitoring. In most cases, all that’s required is a smart phone or tablet and an internet connection. The convenience and simplicity of remote health monitoring certainly have their appeal. So much so, that t the number of Americans who shared their health data with their doctor grew from 46% to 56% over the last year1. 

Given the exciting potential around health monitoring devices, it’s important to make sure that wearable users are taking every precaution to protect their data and privacy. The federal government’s Health Information Technology division recommends employing the following safeguards when using these devices:

  1. Use a strong password or other user authentication.
  2. Install and enable encryption.
  3. Install and activate remote wiping and/or remote disabling in the event the device is lost or stolen.
  4. Disable/do not install or use file sharing applications.
  5. Install and enable a firewall and security software and keep that software up to date.
  6. Carefully research any mobile app before downloading.

 

Learn more at the Health Information Technology website. 

With health monitoring devices, patients have more control over their own health — something we can get behind. At SureCo, we’re all about empowering you with healthcare that puts you at the center. Learn how by calling (800) 467-4898.  

 

  1. https://www.insiderintelligence.com/insights/top-healthcare-wearable-technology-trends/

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