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The Exciting Future of Wearable Medical Devices

medreps-wearablesThe popularity of wearable medical devices has steadily increased over the last few years and wearable medical devices seem to be all the rage right now.  And for good reason.  These devices not only track vitally-important information as it relates to your body’s health, they also multitask and report on a variety of health issues, they’re fashionable, and they’re becoming more and more affordable as well.

Wearable health tools, which aid in clinical monitoring of the body are medical devices that find application in monitoring heart rate, blood glucose, and blood oxygen levels amongst others.  Moreover, these devices can also be used for tracking physical activity, help users reach certain fitness goals, and even check the sleeping patterns of an individual.  Not only can they improve someone’s quality of life, they may, in fact, be able to save lives as well.

Wearable medical devices are also a viable option for providers who want to cut down on in-person visits, and physicians who prefer to remotely monitor their patients.  These factors, including the versatility and portability of these devices, along with their ease of use, is quite appealing to customers worldwide.  And, according to Business Wire, the global wearable medical device market is anticipated to witness high double-digit growth during 2016-2022.

Savvy medical device sales reps are aware of the current popularity of wearable medical devices and many are looking to work for companies that offer them.  Fortunately, the job market is expanding to include positions that sell these devices.

Getting back to the topic at hand, by now, everyone has heard of Fitbit and the benefits that it offers but what about other devices?  Well, the future is here, and below are a handful of some of the most forward-thinking and impressive tools to hit the marketplace since the first wearable hearing aid was introduced in 1938:

 

Zio XT Patch.  Developed by iRhythm, it detects abnormal heart activity over an extended period of time.  These wearable electrocardiogram patches are water-resistant and can be worn continuously, around the clock, for a period of two weeks. The data that is collected by the patch is then transmitted to iRhythm‘s clinical application which relies on algorithms to study the results.

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Zio XT Patch (Information Week)

 

QuellNeuroMetrix created this wearable device to reduce pain.  It uses an accelerometer to gauge a user’s activity level and adjust its stimulation intensity accordingly to alleviate pain.  The device uses Bluetooth technology to connect to a smartphone app, where a user can control the device’s features and track therapy and sleep results.

 

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Quell (Information Week)

 

WristOx2.  This wearable device is actually a pulse oximeter that handles such tasks as monitoring and measuring a user’s heart rate and blood oxygen levels.  This wearable medical device from Nonin Medical is targeted toward people who have asthma and are at risk of congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  The device can be used in the hospital or when a patient goes home to allow remote and extended monitoring of their heart rate and oxygenation.

 

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Wrist Ox2 (Information Week)

 

MiniMed 530G System with Enlite Sensor.  Designed to mimic some of the functions of an actual pancreas, the gland inside the abdomen that aids the digestive system and controls blood sugar levels, this Medtronic wearable device automatically dispenses insulin, while the Enlite Sensor monitors glucose levels. If blood sugar falls below a preset limit and no action is taken, the system will pause insulin delivery.

 

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Mini Med with Enlite Sensor (Information Week)

 

HealthPatch MD.  Technically a biosensor developed by Vital Connect, this device measures and tracks a patient’s heart rate, respiratory rate, skin temperature, and body posture.  It includes fall detection as well and can be used in a hospital, at home, or at an outpatient facility.

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HealthPatch MD (Information Week)

 

While the world is catching on to the wearable medical device phenomenon, North America is currently estimated to account for the largest share of wearable medical devices and is expected to continue that trend.  As a result, the number of available jobs in the medical device sales field are rising and sales reps are excited at the prospect of being involved in the future of monitoring and medicine.  Wearable medical devices may, indeed be the future, but they’re here now and the world is quickly discovering their benefits.

 

Sources:

Business Wire

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161122005927/en/Global-Wearable-Medical-Devices-Market-Outlook-2022

InformationWeek

http://www.informationweek.com/healthcare/mobile-and-wireless/10-medical-device-wearables-to-improve-patients-lives/d/d-id/1323544

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