From astronauts in space to individuals on Earth
Devices designed for use in space possess certain qualities, they tend to be light weight, robust, compact, and can endure unique spaceflight conditions, such as extreme temperatures and zero gravity. These qualities make them desirable for use in other fields, and resultantly they have been used to monitor firefighters and workers in the mining, oil, and construction industries.
In remote monitoring, healthcare providers also quickly adopted these technologies for hospitals and intensive care units, to track vital signs such as heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation with specialized equipment and trained personnel.
Over time, technological advancements and the miniaturization of sensors have made it possible to develop portable and wearable devices capable of monitoring vital signs at home.
Today, smartphones and their numerous mobile health applications allow individuals and healthcare providers to track vital signs, physical activity, nutrition, exercise, fertility cycles, and even sleep patterns.
Future development of digital health devices
Experts predict that there will be no end to the development of ‘smart’ medical technologies. This prediction is backed by a strong trend towards personalized medicine, which involves the use of big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI). These tools will allow medical researchers to gather real-time insights, helping clinicians to make better decisions, diagnose patients more accurately, and treat patients with fewer adverse side effects. Patients will also be empowered to take a more active role in their healthcare, which will lead to more personalized and proactive approaches to managing chronic conditions. Ultimately, this will help reduce the healthcare costs, which is one of the major challenges of our times.
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