Technology has revolutionized every aspect of our lives, including health and wellbeing. Using smartphone apps and wearable devices, we can now monitor our general health and wellbeing closely and make changes to optimize our health and improve our life quality. The Internet of Things and Digital Imaging are also changing the game when it comes to accurate diagnosis.
Smartphone apps are one of the most accessible and convenient forms of service in the modern age, which is why so many businesses use apps to offer value-added services. But apps don’t only have a commercial applications; they are also used to improve mental and physical health.
Smartphone apps can support mental health in a number of ways; they offer daily guided meditations, timers for meditation solo or with a group, and various therapies, allowing you to connect to a qualified professional through messages or video chat whenever you need them.
Cancer is a disease that touches the lives of most people at some point. Whether it is yourself, a friend, or a close family member that is affected by cancer, technology can help in the diagnosis and treatment of it. For instance, digital imaging can help to catch cancer earlier.
Digital imaging uses a combination of software, computers, and specialized equipment to create accurate digital images of the body’s internal structures. These images are then used to detect tumors and abnormal growths that might be missed by other modalities, catching cancer early.
Wearables are an extension of apps for health and wellbeing. While apps can achieve a lot, there are still limited to a smartphone; on the other hand, wearables can access your pulse and heart rate – among other things – allowing you to adapt your lifestyle for better wellbeing.
Some examples of wearable devices include the Apple Watch, Fitbit, and Pebble, which allow you to monitor and coach yourself during your daily life. The data gathered from wearables allow you to optimize your health based on accurate behavior patterns and measurements.
Internet of Things
In the past, patients with chronic conditions had to visit a clinic regularly to update the doctors and provide accurate data, but that is no longer required. Nowadays, patients can be monitored in their homes, in real-time, using a variety of useful features from internet of things technology.
The most common function of the internet of things is the remote patient monitoring for healthcare providers. Other features include glucose monitoring, heart-rate monitoring, depression and mood monitoring, and lots more. The internet of things is a game changer because it provides real-time data to households and clinicians about their general health.
Health is arguably the most important aspect of life, and we are becoming better at looking after it thanks to technology. Instead of a trip to the gym three times a week without any data on your progress toward fitness goals, you can monitor your fitness daily with apps and wearable devices. When it comes to serious conditions like cancer, technology is helping to save lives.