Oftentimes, people will focus on what technology is changing in a negative way, and ask why things were better “when I was younger.” However, advances in medical technology have saved lives and made medical professionals better doctors, surgeons and caregivers. As wearable technology continues to become more widely accepted and impact our daily lives, personal and professional medical wearables are changing the way we treat patients. Many of which are allowing doctors to be proactive, detecting a problem before one ever arrives.
Glucose Monitoring Contact Lenses
Diabetic patients have needed to test their glucose level throughout the day for years now. However, both Oregon State University and Google are working on ways to ensure that glucose levels can be monitored constantly via smart contact lenses. While OSU has partnered with Dr. Gregory S. Herman, who invented the indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) semiconductor that is revolutionizing medicine, Google partnered with pharmaceutical giant Novartis to develop their product. Both will monitor glucose levels using thousands of tiny sensors which are completely invisible to the naked eye, and could not only save patients money for their glucose testing but could also ultimately save their lives.
Helping Surgeons Perfect Their Craft
Another way wearables are saving lives comes in the surgical field. For years, new surgeons had to learn by watching a scheduled surgery performed by a specific doctor. Even seasoned surgeons continue to need training in order to learn what the best surgical practice is as better ways to save lives continue to be developed. For this, Medical Realities has developed a virtual reality system for surgical training. Now trainees can watch in 4K, and be given a 360-degree view of the surgical procedure, zooming in on the surgeons’ hands or a specific portion of the procedure. Trainees even have the ability to view the patients’ anatomy in the same 360-degrees VR environment. Once the surgery is completed, Medical Realities will even offer a test to see how well the trainee understood the surgery and what procedures were taken. With training like this, surgeons will be better prepared to save a life either in the event of an emergency or when performing a procedure for the first time.
Helping Those Who Can’t Help Themselves
While many patients will be able to have an open line of communication with their doctor, the youngest of us cannot. This is why Ciklum teamed up with Neopenda to develop a newborn baby hat, which will monitor the vital signs of babies and alert doctors in case the child’s fever spikes or their blood oxygen saturation changes drastically. To monitor these babies, doctors will receive a Bluetooth signal from the device, displaying vital signs on a digital platform, which can be accessed and tracked via the cloud. With almost three million newborn babies dying within the first month of their life, this device has the ability to save millions of new lives.
For more information on how wearables are affecting not only healthcare but our daily lives in general, feel free to contact Ciklum today! If you have an idea for a device, our experienced IoT and Wearables teams would love to help you turn your dream into a reality.