Our recent advancements in technology have been nothing short of astounding. Although improvements in the lives of people through technological innovations have been widespread, perhaps the industry that has been most positively impacted by new tech is healthcare. Technology, such as wearable medical devices, are profoundly changing healthcare as we know it for the better.
Wearable technology is playing a significant role in lowering the amount of work in the hospital by reducing the number of emergencies, providing extended data sets, and putting personal health back into the hands of the individual. This is huge in and of itself, but also helps ease the stress associated with the growing shortage of healthcare professionals.
One example of this in action is new diabetes monitoring technology.
This technology is still relatively new, and already making waves within the diabetes world by providing a whole new way in which to evaluate blood-glucose levels regularly. According to one trial participant, it “doesn’t eliminate the need for traditional blood sugar testing, it did give me considerably more freedom about when I would do this.”
He went on to say “I could look at my readings [from the device] and see that, even though my blood sugar looks great at the moment, I might be dropping quickly, and will have a low soon after I start exercising, and should do something about it before I start exercising.”
Having this knowledge makes it a lot easier to plan without fear of rapid blood sugar changes.
Reducing the likelihood of a drop in blood sugar while exercising is a massive step in management. Exercising regularly has been associated with improved glycemic control in general. Research from Bradley University suggests that those participating in physical activity were more likely to stay in control and tended to have a more positive outlook on physical activity as part of a diabetes management regime.
And in the view of the hospital, this is fantastic news on both counts.
Patients that have a better understanding of how their blood sugar level fluctuate throughout the day are more capable of preventing swings that can send them to the hospital. They are also improving their health literacy and may eventually understand the data presented to them better than their doctor. This creates a platform for a much more collaborative plan of treatment, which both reduces the workloads of healthcare professionals and increases the likelihood of patient success.
Personal technology developments are an impressive means to achieving both health literacy and greater health within the human population in general. By taking this greater personal responsibility and reducing healthcare professionals’ workloads, we are enabling them to spend more quality time with each patient and deliver better quality service.
More sophisticated personal diabetes management technology is just one such example. What others have you found out there?