As the ever changing world of technology in healthcare grows, patients are able to be more involved with their healthcare and tracking important information. Tracking is especially important in diabetes care and management.
One of the up and coming advances in technology are wearables that help people track their healthcare data. Healthcare devices are able to provide people with the ability to track health information that can be pertinent to a variety of health issues. Monitoring heart rate, calories burned, and active minutes are a few of the abilities. The new healthcare devices being made are no longer just watches. Necklaces, clip-ons, contact lenses and rings are being developed to track all types of biometric data. While the target consumers are people who regularly practice health activities and have healthy lifestyles, a new market is emerging that focuses on condition management, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. By doing this, the potential to influence healthcare management and policy could be tremendous. The advantages of using this new technology in health would allow a larger population to share data and manage their health.
Technology is changing diabetes management has reshaped how patients manage their disease. A variety of medical revolutions are changing how medical care is delivered and how information is communicated.
As of now, electronic health records already exist in many forms. Medical facilities have their patients’ records on a computer system. On these records, any information that can be captured digitally is able to be stored. Medical professionals are able to access important information quickly and accurately. Keeping your own electronic records by using a flash drive is another way to improve accurate health records.
Using continuous glucose monitoring is one of the most fascinating ways that of changing diabetes healthcare. A sensor is inserted under the skin which provides glucose readings every one to five minutes. A patient can see if the glucose level is rising or falling and an alarm even sounds in case of emergency. Data is stored, viewed on charts or graphs, and a patient can bring these to doctor visits.
Currently researchers are testing an artificial pancreas that regulates blood glucose levels. An artificial pancreas would be a combination of an insulin pump, continuous glucose monitor, and computer program which calculates insulin levels.
It is an exciting time in healthcare technology. Healthcare technology is moving toward wearable and implantable technologies that could change the way we manage diabetic patients.
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