Apple continues to revolutionize the way we do things. The music industry has undergone a complete change since the iPod was introduced and digital music became the norm. The iPhone was the catalyst for transforming the telecommunications industry and gave us instant access to information. The iPad brought tablet computers to the mainstream and changed how we read, play, and work.
As Apple’s newest technologically advanced product makes its way into the hands of consumers, what affects will the Apple iWatch have on the medical industry?
This first generation smartwatch is primarily a companion to the iPhone that allows the user to check messages, ask Siri questions, and run simplified apps. The watch can be used for Apple Pay, listening to music, telling time (of course), and fitness metrics.
It is in the area of fitness and health that the Apple iWatch has potential as a medical device. This first gen product has solid fitness software that will track physical activity, heart rate and monitor workouts. It will suggest personal fitness goals and offer help in reaching milestones. The wearables market is expanding rapidly and the Apple iWatch is just the beginning of quality health data compilation.
Smart technology is integrating into our lives at a rapid pace. The biometrics industry is innovating as the trends show that increasing the amount of data we collect will improve the treatment and prevention of disease. They do say knowledge is power – and the power to create new healthcare solutions begins with information.
Currently, there are millions of devices being utilized on patients every day that monitor and collect biometric data. Adding specialized sensors to smartwatches could, in the future, be responsible for measuring things like blood flow, respiration, and oxygen saturation levels.
As developers continue to evolve uses for the smartwatch, we could see Apple and Google on the forefront of medical monitoring. More and more medical related apps are on the horizon and the products will evolve to allow patients to be more involved in their own healthcare. And, as patients are able to control this smart tech themselves, where will the medical diagnostics industry lead?
The medical industry has always been adapting and changing to take advantage of the newest technologies. Biometric data collection is another tool that will help expand innovative devices and improve our lives.