Revolutionizing Self-Monitoring in Healthcare Tech
Many consumers throughout the modern world have decided to take the monitoring of their health into their own hands, much of which has been made possible by the huge advances in the healthcare technology industry. While this can create some space for hypochondria, for the most part it has allowed people with particular health conditions to live somewhat normal lives, relying on simple devices to track their heart rate and sleep patterns.
Deserving of its recognition for being top-of-the-line in both its look and functionality, the Apple Watch is a must-have smartwatch for those who have an Apple iPhone. Not only does it track heart rate like every other smartwatch and fitness-tracking watch on the market, it also has an electrocardiogram (ECG) which records the electrical signal from your heart and can give data on other heart conditions. The Apple Watch like other fitness-tracking watches tracks your steps, calories burnt, can recognize what kind of exercise you’re doing (running, HIIT, yoga, etc) and has a huge storage for all your favorite workout songs. A unique feature to Apple Watch is the “always on” screen function which will notify anytime, as long as the battery is charged; this can be seen as a pro or a con depending on the individual.
Perhaps the first company that comes to mind when considering health monitoring watches, Fitbit has earned their fame by creating a consistent watch which accurately records the information you want, while still giving you notifications about texts, calls, and messages on social media apps like Whatsapp. What sets the Fitbit apart from typical smartwatches is perhaps the fact that it isn’t as intrinsically linked to your phone, which can allow you to focus on your workout or health monitoring. For those interested in guided breathing, the Fitbit also has a built-in exercise which you can activate from the watch face. A great watch for those more specifically interested in monitoring their health who don’t want to be bombarded by their social media habits while out on a run.
Xiaomi Mi Bands
A lighter option in both size and price, Xiaomi offers fitness bands which can track what all smartwatches can: distance, steps, heart rate; at a fraction of the price. The design itself is also much more subtle than the bolder watch faces, and functions with only one button. Considerably more suitable for those only concerned with tracking their health, Xiaomi Mi Bands are quickly becoming the advised fitness tracker by doctors and healthcare professionals around the world.
Of course there are a number of other health-tracking watches and fitness bands that I couldn’t fit into this healthcare technology review, figuring out your priorities before you start looking at the options is the best way to not be bamboozled by the many choices. Also be sure to check the compatibility with whatever phone you’re currently using (Android or iPhone) as some devices are simply easier to use with certain OS’ and apps.