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Wireless devices in healthcare – challenges and barriers

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July 8, 2021
Digitization is currently transforming all areas of human behavior through social life and basic needs such as health issues. With the increasingly noticeable impact of modern technology, we can now observe the digital revolution in healthcare.
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The digital revolution – wireless devices in everyday use

With the advent of technological innovations in information and communication, data is collected at a rapid pace. With the start of the digital revolution, we gained access to countless sources of data that make it possible to measure and track health-related behavior. This phenomenon is not completely new but greatly enhanced. Current knowledge and technology i.e computerized devices that facilitate remote monitoring, make it much easier and faster to do so. Consequently, there is a growing interest in devices that we can carry with us at all times, allowing them to measure a myriad of bodily functions. With possibilities granted by those technological solutions, we are trying to optimize the entire healthcare process. The increasing level of people’s awareness of technological progress makes it possible to introduce wireless devices into everyday use. Therefore, their daily use results in the introduction of newer capabilities and standards. 

What are the benefits?

The use of innovative solutions, in this case, wireless devices, can have numerous advantages when compared to the traditional approach.  Data collected through digital health services can shed entirely new light, and present a different perspective on the interconnectedness of behavioral patterns and health that we have never paid attention to. What speaks volumes about the use of such devices is that this technology is easily able to meet many patient requirements. These solutions most often go hand in hand and combine with various mobile applications that enable simplicity and efficiency due to their ability to communicate quickly. With the right data, doctors can see a broader picture of the patient in their everyday life. This, in turn, can be used to improve the care plan or the patient’s overall health. The possibilities generated by digital health also include the reduction of medical problems and a significant decrease in the number of costly procedures. Instead, doctors can focus their attention on well-timed and adjusted treatment.

Read more: Why should remote patient monitoring be an integral part of chronic care management?

Concerns about wireless devices

Concerns that arise in connection with described technology are usually pointing to the difficulty of managing or usability problems. Last year FindAir talked to users about the functionality of the FindAir ONE device, which is used to monitor asthma medication intake, and the usability of the FindAir app, which, among other things, stores information and reminds users about using the inhaler. During the interview, the users admitted that they were satisfied with the FindAir system and noted that this type of solution made their everyday life much easier.

Summary and conclusion

The spreading of the Internet of Things devices to different objects or environments will lead to better communication independently of human intervention, constantly creating new digital data that will reflect all elements of human life. The data collected and stored can provide a better insight into patient outcomes or the risks they may face and then take preventive action. There is no doubt that this amount of big data can contribute to generating insights into human behavior, clinical decision support, or even the surveillance of chronic diseases such as asthma or diabetes.

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