Technology has rapidly evolved, with many adapting to the digital age. This development has become integral to daily life, improving everyday activities. These little pieces of technology, from smartphones to health devices, have been game-changers in many areas, including healthcare and well-being. It makes a difference in various aspects of healthcare, such as oral health. According to research, the global digital health market was valued at $332.53 billion as of 2022, with the potential for continuous growth. As this happens, considering how technology can benefit your overall well-being can help you make informed decisions. Here are three ways technology enhances your health and well-being.
- Health and fitness apps
If you are a health and fitness enthusiast, you are no stranger to these apps purposely created to help you track exercise routines and calorie consumption. Without these apps, monitoring how your body reacts to some external factors in real time can be challenging. Fortunately, all you need to access these apps is a modern smartphone, making them convenient and customizable. You can achieve individual health goals with these apps to improve your quality of life. Moreover, with their embedded real-time feedback features, you can make immediate changes or adjustments to your routines to benefit you.
- Wearable technology
These devices are worn on or within the body to monitor the function of vital organs and how the body responds to external factors. Some advanced wearable technology can give your primary care physician a comprehensive overview of your health. Moreover, because others like hearing aids are used to manage conditions like hearing loss, they help improve your quality of life. If you have an appointment at a hearing center, find out if you are a candidate for such wearable devices to improve your hearing. Other conditions like diabetes, hypertension, heart conditions, and so on can be safely monitored with wearable technology. The tip here is to wear them often for the technology to be familiar with your base values. That way, anything different from the usual will prompt you to seek further medical help as soon as possible.
- Telemedicine or telehealth
With the rapid increase in telemedicine, people find accessing healthcare services from home convenient. This technology acts as the middleman between patients and healthcare professionals. It uses video conferencing, phone calls, and messaging platforms to stay connected to primary care physicians or specialists. Telemedicine has become useful, especially in remote areas where people must travel long distances to seek medical attention. Despite all the positive talk about telemedicine, there have been debates in some circles. Some say telemedicine can only thrive with unending collaboration between healthcare providers and patients. For instance, because the doctor is not present to conduct a physical exam, the patient’s help is largely needed, meaning more descriptive language, images, and videos to help the doctor decide on the appropriate treatment options. However, there is a positive side to this. Virtual consultations can help reduce the spread of highly-infectious diseases, which was evident at the peak of the COVID pandemic when several people resorted to telemedicine. It is also an excellent option for mental health counseling.
This is a contributed post.