Wearables – Friend or Foe??
Earlier this week, Apple launched the latest version of the Apple watch.
This is one of the first mainstream devices available to the public that can carry out ECG tests. Obviously there is the ability to detect heart conditions such as arrhythmic beating and low heart rates.
This exciting development is a real indication of our need and demand for wearable devices such as this. The smart health watches have really increased in popularity over a very short space of time.
We are fast becoming a worldwide community for whom healthcare, and taking the responsibility for our own health is now the norm. The days where generations before us were reliant on the family doctor are becoming more distant, as we now plug into our devices and search for our health solutions online.
But Could There Be A Problem??
This all sounds extremely positive. However, the chair of the Royal College of Surgeons Commission on The Future of Surgery has warned us of potential problems with our technological age.
Richard Kerr believes that the influx of health information to patients does have the potential to create problems.
He warns that Doctors and Hospitals will see more patients who may be both “confused and scared” about health information that they have accessed. Kerr states that “..the NHS will need to be ready to handle an influx of patients with potentially valid concerns about their risk of falling ill in the future.” – as reported in Engineering and Technology.
Essentially this will lead to the “worried well” to be concerned about potential medical issues. Issues that they may not experience for many years. While prevention is both key and the best solution, we do need to draw a balance between unnecessarily worrying about future possibilities.
So this is essentially, where the technology side of the health industry, and the human side of the industry need to meet! Wearable technology is a fantastic development in our health care. We do need to be very careful as to how this technology is used or misused. And it is an issue that Aimedis takes very seriously.
There is always worry about the health industry becoming impersonal. An institution fueled by AI robots with no compassion or concern for the people who use it.
But ask any medical student studying to become a doctor . Yes it’s factual and sometimes detached. But a lot of study time is spent on how to communicate with patients, how to care and truly make a patient feel at ease.
At the end of the day – we need to ensure there is a balance between the technology, and the human!
The technology is enhanced by the human touch. Just as the doctors’ work and research is undoubtedly enhanced by the available technology.
It’s an amazing time to be in the healthtech industry, and a challenging time as well.