Wearable sensor technology is now being used for biomedical research purposes as well as for personal fitness. The reason for the rise in need for biomedical wearable technology is due to the evolution of cheap wearable technology in other sectors. This led to the question of how to channel the intelligence of wearable technology in the biomedical sector. In the article, Wearable Sensors for Assisted Living in Elderly People by Hugo Saner, published recently in ICT, he asserts that wearable technology or sensors have the capacity to monitor the health status of elderly people and contribute to their independence.
Scientists now believe that these wearable technologies can be applied in different medical fields to the extent that heart rate could be monitored, fats in the blood could be studied, and regulated cardiac diseases could be spotted easily. Other medical tests can easily be conducted without going through the customary medical procedures.
One of the challenges that has hindered the development of wearable technology in the medical field has been the difficulty of integrating wearable data. Researchers have also been challenged by getting adequate information from the public regarding health status. This is due to the intimidation people have when regarding the health challenges they face but are unwilling to admit.
Also, the crude medical system is also subject to errors and this provides inadequate information. Hence, there has been recommendations for the use of monitoring systems to efficiently observe the daily lives of people without any errors and this includes the use of wearable sensor technology.
Making reference to 85 independently living older adults, Saner explains the accuracy of wearable technology by observing the time spent out of home measured by an activity sensor platform. Therefore, the use of a wearable sensor gives a better medical or health report because of its accuracy, speed and efficiency.
Researchers believe that the data of fixed installment motion devices cannot be adequately correct when used on their own but would be better combined with wearable sensor devices since these wearable devices are built for motion purposes and so should be used alongside fixed motion installments to get correct information. For instance, GPS location when outdoors cannot be effectively observed by fixed motion devices, but if the right data must be gotten, it must be merged with wearable GPS tracking devices.
Another difficulty faced in creating wearable biomedical sensor devices lies with integrating signals into the wearable device. This is a major challenge because motion devices require additional signal transmission to ensure maximum value.
The success that has been achieved today in the innovation of wearable biomedical devices is largely aided by the close relations that have developed between bioengineers and medical doctors who have been able to recommend biomedical needs to engineers to aid its innovation. This close cooperation has led to the evolution of many biomedical sensor devices that perform diverse functions.
Having this type of technology that keeps track of the many ways that the internal body reacts to and changes throughout the day can be a fundamentally life-saving product. Aspects such as heart rate, blood sugar and blood pressure should be measured and readily available to individuals who want to keep a close eye on their stats.
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