How the industry will change with wearable devices

Wearable technology can be found just about everywhere these days. Whether it is a fitness tracker, a cellphone-paired watch or a medical device, you are likely to see someone wearing a device as you move throughout your day. Additionally, there are many wearable pieces of technology hidden from sight, and you may not be aware of them by simply glancing at someone. Patients who use wearable medical devices can keep their health a priority without having to feel like they stand out.

Welch Allyn and Gentag have collaborated to improve technologies for remote patient monitoring. One of the life-saving benefits of wearable medical devices is the ability of doctors and nurses to monitor patients even when they are not by their side. This gives the patient more freedom to live his or her life, and clinicians gain access to data and information that is vital to providing the best possible care.

The Welch Allyn and Gentag collaboration focuses on technology that will allow for remote monitoring across the world. This longer reach will connect directly to a near field communication (NFC) device or smart phone using a simple skin patch that monitors vitals. The barely-there patch is comfortable for the patients and a welcome innovation for clinicians.

As technology continues to grow there is expected to be an even greater range of what these wearable medical devices are capable of.

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