10 Medical Wearables To Improve Your Life In 2016.
Most media and research institutions illustrate the digital health as one of the most lucrative markets in 2016. For good reasons. The constant need for better and faster treatments in health care led to a sea of new, smart devices that are designed to collect and analyze your data more accurately.
Over the past months, we have set up a small lab here at WT VOX. The idea was to put to test more than 20 medical wearables. Some of them still in early dev stages, others already on the market. Here is our “Top Ten Medical Wearables Of 2016.”
Note: The following medical wearables appear in a random order and not by any ranking or score.
10. Medical Wearables – MiniMed 530G Pump With Enlite Sensor
The MiniMed 530G System with Enlite Sensor was designed to act as an artificial pancreas. Developed by Medtronic, the 530G system monitors glucose levels and automatically dispenses the right amount of insulin in a similar process to a real pancreas.
MiniMed can also help lower both your A1C and your risk of nerve, eye and kidney problems. The MiniMed 530G has the FDA approval, and its price tag starts at $7.350. That is the price for the pump/CGM system without any sensors.
9. Medical Wearables – Bodytel GlucoTel System
BodyTel GlucoTel offers to people with chronic illnesses, the convenience of home diagnostics. The system includes a blood glucose meter, a blood pressure meter, and a scale. All of them have a built-in Bluetooth that lets you send the collected data to your mobile phone.
If you want to take this further, you can then send the data to your doctor. More than that, your doctor can also use the system to set up alerts when your data exceeds or goes below a pre-defined threshold. Thanks to GlucoTel, the medical personnel can help much faster in the event of hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia in a patient with diabetes, for instance.
You can find more information about Bodytel GlucoTel here.
8. Medical Wearables – TmG-BMC MC Sensor
TmG-BMC is a new biomechanics and kinesiology company that is providing rehabilitation solutions for sport and medical applications. The company’s best product is its MC sensor. It is a device designed for professional athletes, to measure their muscle mechanics under different loads and exercises.
The MC sensor can also provide feedback on individual muscles contractions and relaxation speeds, as well as the produced force during each contraction.
7. Medical Wearables – Quell
Quell is a new wearable gadget created by a company called NeuroMetrix. The device is designed to reduce the chronic pain and works by sending small electrical impulses from your calf to your brain. In return, that releases natural opiates to aid in pain relief.
The Quell sensor works for 40 hours before needing a recharge, and you can wear it nonstop. More than that, when worn during the night, the Quell promises up to 80 percent less pain, to ensure a good night sleep.
The Quell is sold over the counter for just $249 and has the FDA’s approval.
6. Medical Wearables – WristOx2
The WristOx2 is a pulse oximeter, designed for people who have asthma and are at risk of congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The WristOx2 is quite common in the hospitals but, you can also use it in the comfort of your home. If you need extended monitoring of your heart rate and oxygenation, this is the device for you. Thanks to its advanced reporting capabilities such as enhanced connectivity and increased memory storage, this device can be a life saver.
5. Medical Wearables – The Valedo Back Therapy Kit
The Valedo is a wearable medical kit, created for patients who experience lower back pain or back pain related complications. The smart kit works by putting together a gaming platform, a smart connected module, and a cloud platform.
The gaming platform helps the patient to perform specific exercises while the connected module collects and sends the data to the cloud platform. Once collected, the data can be accessed and analyzed by the doctor.
Until now, the Valedo has been used to treat and manage chronic kidney problems and even spinal cord injuries. A full featured Valedo kit with 2 motion sensors and 100 medical tape strips costs $343.90, and you can buy it online, from Amazon.
4. Medical Wearables – Discover, A Chip Within A Pill
If you are an avid reader of digital health news, you must have heard of the Proteus Digital Health, and Discover, their “chip within a pill device.”
For those of you who did not, Discover is a new “Digital Health Feedback System” that combines a small patch worn on the body, together with an ingestible sensor pill. Together, the two can provide real-time information on a user’s medication adherence. With the help of Discover, a doctor knows if its patient is taking the prescribed medication and also how the patient is responding to treatment.
For the time being, Discover is used just by patients with heart failure and hypertension problems. However, Proteus is planning to adapt the smart pill to work with other complex conditions, such as Schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s.
3. Medical Wearables – The iTBra
The iTBra is a smart connected device for women. It comes with built-in sensors that can keep track of the patient’s breast health. The device works by monitoring the changes in the blood flow to the region and the temperature. The increased blood flow usually correlates with the growth of cancerous tumors.
More than that, this smart bra also comes with a companion app that offers tips for optimal breast care and health.
The iTBra has been tested on more than 500 subjects, with a success rate of more than 88 percent. With the advances in fashion tech, we expect this new tech to become the “de facto” standard in the bras of the future.
2. Medical Wearables – Scanadu Urine
Scanadu Urine is a urine testing kit. The device is designed to detect any maternal health conditions. Even if is intended to be used for maternal and women’s health can also be used for kidney diseases and diabetes.
The smart kit works by measuring the levels of chemicals in your urine sample. For that, the kit needs the help of the Scanadu app and your smartphone camera. Together, it can read and interpret the color changes in your urine.
The whole process takes less than a minute. You take the pic; the app checks the color and in a few seconds, you get the answer. Then, you can store the data or, shared it with your GP.
1. Medical Wearables – Embrace Watch
The wearable device is one of the first medical watches that can help predict epileptic seizures and also measure your levels of stress. The Embrace wearable monitors physiological stress, sleep and physical activity and alerts people with epilepsy when an unusual event like a convulsive seizure happens.
The Embrace is also able to send an alert to a family member via the Empatica app, available for both iOS and Android. More than that, the Embrace can also be used to prevent any potential seizures. The watch vibrates when your stress level is too high, giving you the chance to take action before its too late.
The Embrace Watch is going to cost you $199.99 or $184 if you order a pack of two.