The Wearable Technology Show27.03.2015
This month, Gillian and Julia went along to the Wearable Technology Show 2015 and this is what they told us…
Usage of wearable technology is growing: in a survey 18% of adults stated they would buy some kind of wearable technology in the next 12 months. With this growth we see that there is opportunity for usage of wearable tech to increase in the healthcare space, but current usage is limited. We listened to lots of interesting seminars and spoke to people at the forefront in creating usable wearable technology and augmented reality.
We listened to a panel of speakers who discussed the challenges that limit the use of wearable tech in the healthcare space, including: FDA approval, HCPs willingness / ability to use wearable tech and the fact that current devises only monitor one physiological state preventing HCPs to monitor comorbidities.
We spoke with a couple of organisations (including Active Insights and BioVotion) who are developing watch like devices to monitor sleep and activity. One speaker also talked about, for example, non-invasive blood glucose monitoring in the future. However, these methods are not widely used currently.
Using devices such as these, we see the biggest potential for wearables in healthcare in the immediate future is likely to be around motivating behavioural change in primary care. The devices makes patients more aware of what they are doing and therefore empowered to make a change. This could apply to both aspects such as diet and exercise in diabetes and adherence to medication. The question is: will GPs/PCPs have the time, the tech or the desire to use such results?
Our verdict – lots of exciting innovation but application has been limited, so until we see greater implementation we recommend you watch this space for what the future of wearables can offer us!