Constant technological innovations have now enabled us to monitor our daily activity, heart rate and sugar levels among other vital parameters in real-time. Thanks to smartphone health applications and wearables including smartwatches, users now have easy access to health data on their personal devices.
According to a report, from 84 million units in 2015 to 245 million units in 2019, the wearable market is registering strong and steady growth. And by 2024, the wearable market will achieve the market volume of $17,856. Innovative health apps and devices are driving a brisk growth and supporting multiple health trends that are poised to stay in 2020.
Latest Health Trends in 2020
Here are some latest health trends that will gain more traction in 2020.
Managing Chronic Health Condition
People suffering from chronic health conditions including heart disease, diabetes and asthma among others can manage easily through wearable devices. For instance, the devices named Automated Device for Asthma Monitoring and Management (ADAM) can be worn as a flexible patch that is powered by rechargeable batteries. It can be worn anywhere on the upper torso, back or front. Apart from monitoring asthma conditions, it is also capable to monitor other respiratory conditions including breathing. Users can also leverage the device as an exercise monitor.
There are several smartwatches in the market that can be used as a heartbeat monitoring device. For instance, Apple Watch Series 4 comes with an ECG app that tracks your heart rate and shares the data with your doctor in real-time. This enables the doctor to optimize the treatment at any point in time depending upon your heart activity.
Just simply wear the watch on your wrist and monitor your heartbeat in different situations including walking, sitting, running and climbing stairs among others. The smartwatches also come with the capability to make an emergency call in case of a treacherous heart rate.
Monitor Daily Activity
Apple first launched the health app way back in 2015 that was bundled with iPhone 6s that is built to monitor the activity of users throughout the day in real-time. Ever since then, a lot of improvement has been made to make the technology more accurate and reliable. Today there are several applications that can work as a “fitness tracker” for you if you always carry your smartphone.
People are also investing in fitness tracker bands to never miss the documentation of any step. The popularity of fitness trackers has also fuelled the growth of smartwatches that offer a more intuitive and immersive experience.
From how many steps you have taken to how many stairs you have climbed and the number of calories burnt on a daily basis; you can get detailed analytics of your activity levels over a period of time.
Seniors and Differently-Abled People
As per the World Banks’ data, over 8 percent of the global population is aged 65 and over 15 percent of the global population is differently-abled. Smartphone applications and wearable devices have the potential to help differently-abled people and seniors in several ways.
Seniors with weak eyesight and visually impaired people can leverage screen reader software on their smartphones to read texts, emails, and social media content. Seniors can also smart glass to know exactly what they are doing. For instance, the smart glass can determine accurately what the wearer is doing in real-time. It delivers contextual assistance in the form of avatars, visuals and text. It is also capable of intimate and reacts in the event of any mistake.
Diet and Calory Tracker
Fitness is the new fad! People are leveraging different health app offerings on their smartphones to track calory intake and eat right. These apps are scientifically designed to give right the eating suggestions based on your body type, eating preferences, age, weight, height and other key health metrics.
Through these applications, you can monitor the progress of your weight loss journey, calory intake, and activity levels. There are several health apps, through which you can also order your diet food straight from the diet chart made for you. For instance, if you are on a Keto diet, you can easily get your diet chart prepared and order healthy Keto food from the app itself. Thus, saving you from all the hassles of researching for the right diet or shopping unique ingredients to cook your Keto diet on a regular basis.
With more awareness and easy access to technology, more and more people from all quarters are embracing smartphones and wearables as a solution to monitor their health, fitness and eating habits. This is why, apart from the development of health apps, performance testing services for healthcare have become a new domain. 2020, is going to be the game-changer that will reveal several new technologies to assist people with their health.
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