If you're a patient suffering from a long-term illness or injury, wearable technology could really aid you in your day to day life. Below are four of the top wearable devices for patients and people on the road to recovery.
MiniMed 530G System with Enlite Sensor
The MiniMed wearable device acts as an artificial pancreas, a gland that aids the digestive system and controls blood sugar levels. The technology, developed by Medtronic, monitors glucose levels and automatically dispenses insulin in a way that mirrors that of an actual pancreas.
The Enlite sensor on the MiniMed wearable sends information to the insulin pump every five minutes, so during exercise users can see how they’re doing, spot trends and make adjustments accordingly. The wearable also allows users to get a better night’s sleep by taking action against lows in blood sugar, as well as alerting users to highs and lows before they happen.
Zio XT Patch
The Zio XT Patch, developed by iRhythm, detects abnormal heart rate activity over a long period of time. The water resistant electrocardiogram patches are worn continuously for two weeks; the data that is collected by the patch is then transferred to the companion app, which relies on complex algorithms to evaluate the results.
‘It is the only long-term continuous cardiac monitoring option that is proven to produce a higher diagnostic yield and change patient management than traditional approaches.’
This particular wearable aims specifically to reduce chronic pain by using an accelerometer to gauge a user’s activity level and adjust its stimulation intensity to ease the pain. The device uses Bluetooth technology to connect to its companion app, where the user can control the device’s features, track therapy and sleep results.
Quell is clinically proven, with 81% of users reporting improvement in their chronic pain after using the wearable and 67% reporting a reduction in their pain medication. These results are most likely linked to the Patented Optitherapy technology that automatically adjusts throughout the day and overnight to deliver optimal relief.
The WristOx2 is a Pulse Oximeter that monitors and measures user’s heart rate and blood oxygen levels over a long period of time. Developed by Nonin Medical, the wearable is aimed specifically for people who have asthma or who are at risk of cardiac arrest or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
This wearable delivers highly accurate readings in a wide range of patient settings and provides the reliability and ease-of-use the clinicians and healthcare professionals have been looking for in a Pulse Oximeter. The WristOx2 is a cheaper and more effective Pulse Oximeter that can be used in the hospital; the patient can then monitor their heart rate and oxygenation from home.