Fitness Devices and How They’re Affecting Healthcare



Wearable fitness tracking devices are affecting the healthcare field in a few ways. More now as technology advances. They allow patients to take control of their health. Patients can now keep track of their health from home or while on the go. Whereas patients used to only rely on a doctors’ professional opinion on treatment or health progress.
There are devices that are Wi-Fi connected like a bathroom scale which a doctor may instruct a patient to step on every morning to help track any drastic change in weight. The information is transmitted to the patients’ healthcare provider through a secure network. A doctor can contact the patient and ask them to visit the office if they’re concerned that there may be a medical emergency due to a drastic weight change.
Wearable fitness tracking devices assist physicians and patients in monitoring and diagnosing diseases. Diabetes patients are some individuals who can benefit from some of these upcoming new technologies that monitor blood glucose levels, deliver insulin, track food intake and activity levels and forward the information straight to their doctors.
Some of the most popular types of wearable technology gadgets are the fitness bands. These gadgets encourage users to be in charge of their overall health by providing goals, challenges and they allow interactions with others to make the experience more exciting. Many doctors are hoping that wireless tracking devices will help to motivate their obese patients, helping them to achieve weight loss. These gadgets provide goals for patients and allow doctors to monitor progress. It would be a consumer’s responsibility to take matters into their own hands. Physicians would then only be there to give advice regarding their fitness activity and progress.
Wearable devices are impacting the healthcare industry all around. From checking heart rate and respiration to tracking physical activity and accessing patient records, these devices could lead to improving the way different medical conditions and patients manage their health and wellness. I own a Smart Watch myself and it allows me to monitor the amount of steps I take daily. It generated a goal as to how may steps I should take based on the activity it has monitored. It lets me know when I meet half my goal so I can keep it up until the goal is met. It motivates me when I am doing more activity than usual and the device lets me know what my heartrate is during heavier activity.


Article written by: Lydia Gama