Connected Health Devices Promote Wellness
One benefit of connected-consumer health devices tends to be increased patient engagement. For instance, when health data is available and accessible, it helps remove the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. When consumers see their own health, fitness, or wellness data in front of them, it’s easier to be proactive instead of reactive on a day-to-day basis.
This gradual change in the way the connected consumers are consuming health data is thanks to innovative companies such as Cue, www.cue.me. Cue is a technology company is responsible for the Cue health-tracking device, which gives consumers the power to access health data previously only available through lab testing.
Cue says it’s different because it tracks health information at the molecular level. For instance, the device can measure and provide data about inflammation, vitamin D levels, fertility, influenza, and testosterone in just a few minutes—without traveling to a doctor’s office.
The device uses a microfluidic system and biosensors to convert a biological sample (a nasal swab or a drop of the user’s saliva or blood) into digital information. Results are then sent via Bluetooth to the person’s smartphone, where data can be analyzed and charted during a period of time thanks the free Cue app.
Another company innovating in connected health is LG Electronics, www.LG.com, which has released two new connected fitness products—the LG Lifeband Touch and the LG Heart Rate Earphones. The LG Lifeband Touch is a sensor-filled wristband capable of providing realtime access to fitness data. The device is compatible with the LG Fitness app on Android and iOS. It will even allow users to check calls and texts from their smartphone and control music directly from the wristband’s touchscreen.
The LG Heart Rate Earphones also provide key realtime data. In this case, the device measures and reports the wearer’s heart rate via a strap-free headset. Rather than requiring a person to strap a sensor to his chest, this unique device has a heart-rate sensor in the earbuds.
Devices that put the power of health data in consumers’ hands can help them live healthier, more fulfilling lives. When consumers are better informed about their bodies and more engaged in their own health, they are also more likely to be motivated and proactive about staying healthy.
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