Healthcare and wearable technology: monitoring the connected body

“With the public fitness habit intensifying and the technology growing more intelligent, we are likely to see wearables playing a pivotal role in medical diagnostics, information sharing and general health in the not-too-distant future,” says NHS England’s medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh. “These devices will put patients in the driving seat of their own care and allow us in the NHS to predict things, act early and keep people safe and healthy in their homes for as long as possible.”

Van Hoof claims: “half of what determines our health is due to our behaviour. Eighty per cent of heart disease, stroke and type-2 diabetes could be prevented if the behaviour factors could be eliminated.”

“The change in healthcare needed is not just about wearables. In general, e-health, the use of telecommunications and IT to provide and improve clinical healthcare, aims to link patients and treatments over the Internet to save time, cost and resources and potentially save lives. The idea around e-health comes in varied forms: it could mean digital healthcare, such as electronic health records, assisted healthcare, telecare, telemedicine and the latest being wearable technologies.”


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