Old Needs, New Technology: Envisioning a More Connected Future
By Ken Winnell, Chief Technology Officer, More Than One
If you laugh at history, you will realize that our basic health care needs have not changed since 1885. We still seek rest when we are sick, feel pain when we work too hard, and need guidance. from our health and wellness experts. But the tools we need to meet these perennial needs have changed dramatically since the 19th century, and especially in the last decade, where technology has developed faster than the most famous Sci film producers. -Fi thought.
Many of the tools that improve patient care today and will continue to do so in the future are those with lingua franca; products that are user-friendly and will shape people’s lifestyles. For example, the Apple Watch, which launched in 2015 and has since become an accessory worn by more than 100 million people. The Apple Watch has biometric sensors that can monitor movements such as heart rate, physical activity, and falls. The healthcare industry has noticed. Biometric devices have become more sophisticated and specialized for health care than ever before. Abbott, for example, is currently developing a biowearable called FreeStyle, which can monitor blood glucose and make life easier for diabetics. A similar product called Lingo is set to be used in the future for other ailments. Innovation in this type of technology will undoubtedly open the door to customized healthcare experiences for patients. In the future, perhaps these types of devices will monitor blood alcohol, iron, or melatonin levels, catalog data in real time, and send information to physicians for more efficient, accurate. , and special care.
The same benefits come from digital therapeutics, which have already gained ground at the age of Covid-19, right next to telehealth. These products, which are rigorously tested and approved by the FDA, are especially popular in the mental health field. (Calm and Endel are two examples to note.) But digital therapeutics is expanding beyond this realm, too. A company called Cue Health has developed a new device designed for testing Covid-19. Instead of the Binax trials you can get — or can’t get, in the case of over-the-counter pharmacies, the Cue Health trial is a subscription service: another model that resonates in the consumer product market. Cue Health customers can get a digital device for their homes that provides a molecular level check, rather than the usual nasal swab. Not only is this a more accurate test, but it also has the potential to survive a pandemic, for viruses like the flu or SARS. Covid is expected to come and go, but it’s a technology that will only grow on its own.
While much has been said about the digital landscape that separates us, it is ultimately our very best point of contact for connection. More people now meet their co -workers, friends, and colleagues in apps and in virtual worlds than they did a few years ago. The oft -discussed metaverse was created simply to deepen this path, bringing many aspects of our lives online. The game, where virtual reality begins, is rapidly evolving. Beyond the worlds themselves, game companies are creating costumes like the TactSuit, which have the potential to benefit the worlds of fitness and wellness. There are already ophthamologists at companies like Heru who immerse patients in the metaverse to test for conditions such as color blindness and macular degeneration. Just imagine what virtual reality can do for medical education, where digital bodies can replace humans for training purposes.
At this point in time, we can’t predict exactly when these development products and beta mode will be ready for mass use, or how long they will be available to adopt like The Apple Watch . But what we do know is that when these tools the ready for us to take care of the health, they will only make the patient experience better, and the pipeline connections stronger.