We love being in control. There is something so satisfying in taking a situation into your own hands and attempting to bring about desired results. Not only is the process itself more rewarding, but you form more of an attachment to a situation if you are held responsible for it. And, similarly, you will strive to work harder to achieve the desired results since you are more invested in the process.
Your health works in the same way. If you truly want to commit to living a better, healthier lifestyle, it requires that you take control of your own health. This is what wearable technology is working towards. There has been a surge in the number of people who are acquiring devices that track certain information about them – the most popular of these being smart watches and fitness trackers. This year, it is estimated that the number of wearable devices sold will reach over 64 million units.
The intention of this technology is to track data regarding your health. It may be fun to monitor your steps taken, your calories burned, and how well you are sleeping through the night, but not many people realize just how vital these devices are to the future of healthcare.
How does wearable technology affect patient involvement?
For so long, people were only aware of the specifics of their health when they visited the doctor. This was very disconcerting because patients were so out of the loop concerning their health. Thanks to wearable technology, patients are becoming involved in their physical health more than ever before.
Taking Control, Accepting Responsibility
The only way you can take control of your health is if you are informed about the specifics. With this knowledge, there are no more excuses to be made about patients not being cognizant of the state of their health. With this comes the feeling of empowerment. When patients can see and compare this data, it makes them want to take action to ensure that they combat any unhealthy habits to strive for a healthier future.
No Gaps In Communication
If patients don’t see their doctors regularly, it is easy for them to either forget important information they should relay to their doctors or to manipulate certain information to paint a different picture of their lifestyle. With wearable technology, both patients and doctors have the ability to track vital health data on a daily basis. Also, because these numbers are recorded, patients are now forced to be more truthful about what they tell their doctors, which improves patient-doctor relationships.
Wearable technology allows patients to take control of their health. Since this is something that can be measured, patients will be more invested in following along with the progression of their health on a more regular basis. This emotional investment into one’s health will be the necessary motivator for patients to want to actively make a permanent change in pursuing the healthiest lifestyle possible.