I manage my health with digital tools and I’m not alone. An estimated and growing 69% of consumers and patients are also engaged in monitoring their own healthcare . The interest in personal wellness combined with the proliferation of healthcare ‘wearables’ available to consumer puts us on the cusp of an extraordinary shift in healthcare: Technology enabled patients are empowered to change their lifestyle to prevent or stop chronic disease, and become healthier than ever before. The implications of this on every aspect of the healthcare industry –from delivery and population health to access and cost will be astounding.
But wearable technology is still in its infancy, quite complex and limited in what it can do. The next generation will be intelligent and voice-enabled and go beyond tracking to interacting with and assisting consumers with their healthcare choices, and changing behaviors for the better. Imagine a wearable that could warn you of risks developing, nudge you towards better choices for that day based on your health profile, and keep you engaged in a treatment regime.