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How Wearables Will Facilitate Healthcare

MouserCOVID-19 put a spotlight on the critical importance of timely healthcare data in aiding identification of infected and at-risk individuals. Well before the COVID-19 pandemic, however, healthcare wearables and other connected medical devices had proven their ability to provide long-term data needed to warn of potential health problems. Long after the pandemic has run its course, wearables are likely to find an expanded role in healthcare. By providing continuously updated measurements of the primary vital signs, wearables will help shorten time to treatment and relieve healthcare workers from performing necessary but time-consuming measurements, allowing them to focus on patient care. Here, we will explore how wearables offer an effective, long-term solution for delivering the essential patient data required by healthcare workers.

The Importance of Vital Signs Measurements

Vital signs measurements typically provide healthcare providers with the first indications of disease or chronic health issues. For this reason, any visit to a doctor’s office, clinic, or hospital has for decades begun with measurements of an individual’s primary vital signs, including body temperature, pulse rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. In some health conditions, other physiological metrics, such as peripheral oxygen saturation (SpO2), gain importance and are included in the list of vital sign measurements.

Through experience and training, physicians become aware of underlying pathologies when they find changes or abnormal readings in the primary vital signs, including:

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