Guess who else is canvassing for wearables and wearable tech? It is NHS! The top cadre at NHS doesn’t shy away from adopting this new-age phenomena and isn’t as old school as we believed it to be. Don’t believe it, guess you have to as it comes from the horse’s mouthitself! NHS England’s Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh and Chief Executive Simon Stevens stated that they would love to explore how technology can play hero to million people out there and to be able to achieve that NHS would want to take all the help it can get.
Keogh vouched for Apple Watch and loved that how fitness tracker like the Cupertino’s debutant wearable could help people to monitor heart rate and activity levels. The fitness trackers can help users to take care of their health, which emphasize on prevention much before the cure. Prodding you to move you from chair and asking you to keep a check on calorie intake, the wearable fitness bands and smartwatches keep you motivated.
If you go to the official website of NHS, you could see a separate section dedicated to fitness trackers covering free fitness apps that can help you to lose weight and quit smoking. NHS also plans to bring mental health apps and online therapies on-board. The data collected by the apps will help panelled doctors to understand patients’ concerns without having to call in the patients for appointment. Patients with mental problems try to avoid the symptoms and aren’t very specific or comfortable discussing these with their doctor, this initiative can bridge the gap between doctors and patients.
Additionally, patients suffering from liver failure, diabetes, liver disease and heart diseases can track their health with wearables and built-in sensors that are capable to raise an alarm and create alert whenever there is need for them to seek medical supervision.
“I see a time where someone who’s got heart failure because they’ve had a previous heart attack is sitting at home and wearing some unobtrusive sensors, and his phone goes, and it’s a health professional saying: ‘Mr Smith, we’ve been monitoring you and we think you’re starting to go back into heart failure. Someone’s going to be with you in half an hour to give you some diuretics’,” says Keogh.
During his exclusive interview with The Guardian, Keogh also mentioned that how NHS gave away the Android tablet computers with an in-built Docobo app to detect breathing problems, UTIs, diabetes and heart rate failure amongst elderly in Sussex. He also was hopeful of massive rollout of wearables and smart clothing from NHS to initiate the concept of ‘self-care’ like never before.