Consumer Health Technologies You Should Be Using

Guest blog post by: Expert Tech Blogger - The Clover Heart

Technological advancements have ushered in a new dawn of health and fitness, where tracking our well-being can be done via our smartphones and tablets. Today, we have thousands of health applications for Android and iOS devices that allow us to immediately count the calories we have burnt and the distance we have ran, walked or cycled. In a 2014 report entitled, mHealth App Developer Economics, it revealed that the worldwide revenue for mobile health app reached $2.4 billion in 2013, and they expect that it will grow to $26 billion by the end of 2017 But, apart from mobile applications, there are other health-related technologies that are also garner a lot of press within the tech domain. We have listed some of the buzz tech devices that you should seriously consider purchasing in the coming months.

Wearable devices

The demand for wearable devices is expected to skyrocket in the coming years, with the United States and Australia leading the way in commercial sales. Research firm Telsyte revealed in a report that the smartwatch market in Australia will exceed $400 million by 2018, replacing nearly 17 million smartphones as the go-to device for many consumers. The demand for wearable devices strengthens as it promises to provide accurate, fast, and real-time health data to its users, through its sensors that track heart rate, stress levels, sleeping patterns and a whole host of other variables that aim to improve one’s overall wellbeing. The latest wearables are said to have focused on assisting patients with specialized medical needs. A good example of this is the SurroSense Rx™ system, which is a three-piece wearable device that helps avoid the devastating complications as a result of diabetic peripheral neuropathy, including blisters, infection, ulceration and ultimately amputation. The other wearable devices currently on the market are more focused on providing heart rate, rate of activity, and distance data to its users opposed to the specific, meaningful health data that the SurroSense Rx™ offers.

Smartphones with built-in health apps

Prior to wearable devices, mobile apps assisted people in tracking their health vitals. Today, mobile companies such as Samsung and Apple have released their latest flagship handsets with built-in health tracking apps that provide real-time data to its users. In particular, the new Galaxy S6 Edge features a “re-imagined” version of their propriety health application, the S Health that provides more accurate and real-time tracking of the health.

Smart scales

The smart and wireless trend is really taking off. Old bathroom scales tend to get replaced with digital, smarter, or Wi-Fi capable weighing scales that can calculate not only your weight, but also your body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentage. Known for releasing wearable devices, Fitbit has expanded their range of products to give way for their Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale that can monitor the weight of up to seven different users. All the data gathered by the smart scale is uploaded directly online to the Fitbit account of the user or it can also be accessed in real-time via the Fitbit’s iPhone app. In Engadget's review of the product, they gave it a 90/100 score, with the following concluding statement: "We like it!" It’s inevitable that there will be more revolutionary health tracking items, as consumers become proactive in monitoring their fitness and wellbeing. What other revolutionary health technologies do you expect to see released soon? Or even better, what do you feel we need to see to help us maintain our health better?

Stephanie Zakala
Stephanie Zakala