The Inflection Point Has Arrived for Remote Patient Monitoring Using Wearable Technology
The COVID-19 pandemic has created chaos and uncertainty in nearly every corner of the world. But with this uncertainty is an opportunity for medical device companies to rapidly accelerate digital health and remote patient monitoring. And that appears to be happening now. What would have likely taken 5-10 years if not longer is happening in 1-3 years – some think even faster. Dr. Sam Wessely, a general practitioner in London, told the New York Times, “We’re basically witnessing 10 years of change in one week”.
One segment of remote patient monitoring, telemedicine, is seeing particularly rapid acceleration: “During the month of February, we did about 1,000 virtual visits in our adult health care delivery system. One day a week now, we do more than 3,000 — so about a 50-fold increase,” said Lloyd Minor, Dean, Stanford Medical School. “What we’re discovering is that we can do a lot more through a virtual visit than we thought we could in the past. And yet I’m also sure we are only scratching the surface.”
In parallel, we’re seeing this as an inflection point for biometric wearables and hearables in remote patient monitoring. By now it’s clear that wearables are being recognized for their ability to track real-time biometric signals across a large percentage of the population. In fact, numerous studies involving wearables have been launched in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there is so much more that can be done with existing wearable technology today.
This session will highlight the specific use cases, device form factors, and biometric signals used in existing and emerging remote patient monitoring scenarios. Using real-life case studies, we will discuss how wearable devices, from sensor to cloud, and in combination with advanced analytics, data science, and user experience platforms are being applied to solve real remote patient monitoring challenges today. Lastly, we will provide a glimpse of the future with wearables and remote patient monitoring. Indeed, we are only scratching the surface.