If your home is smart, so should your healthcare plans. The continued growth of IoT integration in smart homes, smart buildings, and the medical industry have made it possible for old people, people living with disabilities, and chronically ill patients to be safer and more independent at home. You now don’t need a relative or a nurse to watch over you all day long. All you need are a few medical gadgets, some simple and others quite sophisticated, to enable your primary caregivers to check on you remotely. There are also devices that will help you take better care of your mental and physical health while at home. Some of these medical gadgets include:
Remote patient monitoring devices
Remote patient monitoring devices have made interactions and engagements between healthcare service providers and their patients highly effective and affordable. They help your doctors to monitor your health and collect useful patient data in real-time. That improves decision-making processes concerning your treatment and care options. On your part, these devices help you conduct accurate self-help tests and take significant control of your healthcare plans. You will save money in terms of reduced readmission rates in ERs, save time and costs associated with hospital visits, and focus most of your energy on healing. What’s more, the knowledge that a doctor is monitoring your health in real-time alleviates the stress and anxiety associated with most chronic illnesses.
Some of the remote patient monitoring devices that you may need include:
- Blood pressure cuff for Hypertension or High Blood Pressure (HBP) patients.
- Blood glucose monitor for diabetes patients.
- Digital weight scale for Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and Obesity.
- Pulse Oximeter for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients. This device is also great for COVID-19, Asthma, Pneumonia patients.
- Digital thermometer
A health-oriented smartwatch
A state-of-the-art fitness smartwatch will help you monitor almost multiple health conditions. You can use it, for example, to track heartbeat irregularities if you have a cardiovascular problem. During these COVID-19 times, you can use your fitness smartwatch to monitor your blood oxygen saturation. You can then sync the data collected by the smartwatch with your Health Mate iOS/Android app. That makes health monitoring seamless and comfortable. What’s more, a smartwatch might just be the motivation you need to keep your appetite for body exercise high.
Bonus tip: When choosing a fitness smartwatch, go for something stylish and timeless. A good watch should be comfortable to wear around the clock. It should have a long battery life, be durable, and be water-resistant in case you are out in the rain.
Brain sensing technology
Do you suffer from anxiety disorders? Is your mind troubled? Well, brain-sensing tech devices will help you control your brain and optimize your mental health. The Muse brain sensing headband, for example, can give you real-time biofeedback from your mind and explain your brain activity to you. Brain sensing is anchored on electroencephalogram or EEG technology. EGG uses electrical impulses to accurately communicate with your brain when you think, walk, sleep, or meditate. You need to connect your device to a smartphone or tablet through Bluetooth in order to tabulate the measurements recorded by the sensor.
Home air quality monitor
These monitors won’t fix your air quality problems, but they will help you stay on top of pollutants in your home. You just connect the monitor to a smartphone app and it consistently relays reliable and intuitive information about the quality of the air you breathe. These versatile smart home devices will tell you when and why to fix your air purifier or HVAC filter before allergens and other harmful chemicals make you and/or your family members sick. They measure the levels of harmful gases such as carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), mold, and other pollutants such as dust and soot. Some home air quality monitors also measure atmospheric pressure, air temperature, and humidity in your home.
3D-imaging for fall detection
Most fall detection technologies are wearable- necklaces, watches, pendants, name them! The 3D-imaging technology takes fall detection from the wrist or neck to the wall. You can have it mounted on one of your walls so that it monitors for falls without invading your privacy. A good example of this technology is the Walabot Home. The main function of this device is fall detection and other behavioral monitoring in the bathroom.
Don’t allow a disability or chronic illness to rob you of your independence and privacy. Invest in one or several of the devices and medical gadgets we’ve discussed and you will be on your way to total independence. Note that these technologies will keep evolving, so it is paramount that you try to keep up with the changes.
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Inna Atwood is an interior designer and a writer. She is young and ambitious, with a degree in architecture. Her mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and create their perfect sweet home. She also puts a big effort into working with her clients and tries to help them in the best way she can.”