The consumer Wearables market has risen in size and scope over the last ten years or so. Wearable technologies, ranging from GPS watches for amateur sports to wristbands that measure your sleep, are revolutionizing the way people track their fitness and health. As these devices become more sophisticated and capable of monitoring their users’ vital signs, the lines between consumers and patients are beginning to blur.
Not only are digital health tracking technologies being utilized for general ‘wellness’ objectives, but also illness management – connecting people with healthcare practitioners and proactively alerting any difficulties. The Covid-19 epidemic has accelerated this trend, which is somewhat unexpected. According to a new study by Stanford Medicine and Rock Health, the pandemic accelerated digital use, both in terms of Wearables and other telemedicine tools.
Nickelson said, “In the past, Wearables were primarily used by folks who are already interested in tracking health and wellness – athletes and the ‘worried well’. Before Covid-19, while people with chronic diseases would often buy these devices, they would stop using them within 30 to 60 days. The Stanford report found that Covid-19 seems to have changed that.”