Wearable technology and healthcare devices have been around since a little after the turn of the century. They are now becoming increasingly popular all over the APAC region. They are changing the way medical data is recorded, tracked and shared. Both patients and healthcare professionals are using various devices to track and store patient data in an organized manner. These devices are also being used by health conscious people to keep a record of their general health and fitness for personal use, and in case of medical emergencies at any point.
What is wearable healthcare technology?
Wearable technology refers to the devices that are designed to be small and lightweight enough to be carried by someone all the time. They are usually designed as watches, wrist bands, belts or anklets, to make it easier for people to carry and use them. These devices are usually linked to a phone or computer, which stores data recorded by these devices for later use. A majority of these devices are weatherproof and look trendy, thereby encouraging people to use them regularly.
How is wearable technology helping better medical data collection in the APAC region?
Wearable technology became a reality and a trend among exercising fanatics and professional sports persons who wanted to stay healthy and safe while training. People started using these devices to track the number of miles covered by them, along with their heart rate and pulse rate during and after exercising. A lot of these devices have special apps that can be downloaded on the phone, PC or tablet, where all the information collected by the device is stored and archived.
Healthcare professionals realized that these apps and similar devices could be used by patients to track their everyday vitals and keep a record of their health without having to call doctors for minor health issues or checkups. The idea that a simple watch or bracelet worn by patients could help them and their doctors track their health and fitness, over time, led to hundreds of apps and a number of wearable devices that assist in tracking and detecting everything from an increased pulse rate to signs of cancer.
Healthcare professionals and individuals in many countries of the APAC region who have had trouble with collecting accurate healthcare data have now embraced wearable technology. It is helping them with better real-time medical data tracking and collection.
Machine learning and artificial intelligence will massively influence the way healthcare is executed in the years to come. This is true for diagnostics, for medical therapy, and for population health management. This issue of Insights will address numerous tough and exciting questions around regulation, the algorithm black box, and what does it all mean for care delivery?
Healthcare digitization is still often perceived as being an endeavour on the level of the individual healthcare system or nation state. While there is some truth in that, it is equally obvious that a global digital health market is evolving, with vast opportunities for IT companies, healthcare providers, med-tech, pharma giants and even charities who are courageous enough to think big. In this edition of the HIMSS Insights eBook, we give these global eHealth champions a platform. Download your copy of the eBook for free today to access the most insightful content and news.
Paper health information presents significant challenges to large hospital environments. Due to the clinical risks that having a predominantly paper health record causes, Mater decided to take action to address the challenges of paper health records, which also resulted in significant increases in efficiency and cost reduction, all pre-dating the commencement of an EMR implementation. HIMSS Asia Pacific speaks with Sallyanne Wissmann, Director Information Management, Mater Health Services, Brisbane, ahead of her presentation at HIMSS AsiaPac18.
RADM (Dr) Tang Kong Choong, Chief of the SAF Medical Corps, gave an update on the recent developments at the organisation and some lessons learnt behind the implementation of the third generation EMR system.