This Data-Driven T-shirt Is a Big Step for Wearable Tech in Health
Wearable technology plays a key role in the development of health care advancements. It has the ability to track vitals, transmit information to medical professionals and provide data during emergencies. There have been stories of items like Fitbit bracelets literally saving people’s lives.
For a lot of medical issues, time is of the essence, so the sooner problems are detected, the better the chances of effective treatment and intervention.
That’s the key component of a T-shirt designed to track vitals and alert health care professionals of potentially dangerous changes. The Chronolife KeeSense shirt connects to a smartphone app, and displays ECG, respiration, body temperature, physical activity and more.
According to Hospimedica, it uses a neuromorphic algorithm that analyzes real-time data and allows medical professionals to go more in-depth with their clinical trials. And right now, as hospitals are still dealing with the constant threat of COVID-19 spread and under immense pressure, it allows detailed health analysis without needing to go to the hospital.
The ability to do some things remotely is something most of us are acutely aware of right now. Jobs that otherwise took place in offices are now done at home—some with very limited interruption. Technology allowing for streamlined remote processes, like "trying on" glasses from home, is going to be the way of the future, especially as virtual reality and augmented reality become more advanced.
Most of all, it’s designed to be comfortable while you’re wearing it, rather than some cyborg get-up.
“Chronolife is now well-positioned for partnerships with a wide range of telemedicine services and telehealth providers to innovate and deliver end-to-end, continuous RPM programs,” Laurent Vandebrouck, CEO of Chronolife, told Hospimedica. “This will not only improve outcomes for patients with conditions that require constant monitoring, such as cardiovascular dysfunctions and respiratory illnesses, but also reduce hospital readmissions and help alleviate the ongoing shortage of health care resources and staff.”
Wearable tech like this is a noninvasive way to stay on top of potentially vital health issues, and prevent new ones from developing. Things are only getting smaller, more advanced and more comfortable, too.