September 1, 2020 | Tech | No Comments
Amidst the coronavirus lockdown, those with medical conditions are put in a more dangerous situation. Not only would they have to protect themselves from the virus, but they need to monitor and make sure that their medical conditions are also kept in check.
Usually, it would be a simple task of scheduling an appointment with your doctor and getting a check-up done. According to data collected by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, Gavi, and the Sabin Vaccine Institute, routine immunization services has slowed down in 68 countries and would affect 80 million children due to the pandemic.
If the coronavirus is affecting the immunization of children, imagine the implications it would have on older people who are facing heart problems or even diabetes.
Another report by the WHO stated that cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, and cancer are the top medical problems in Southeast Asia. It kills 8.5 million people every year.
But all is not lost because the adoption of cloud-based digital monitoring tools has increased, making it easier for those affected to track their health without the need of meeting a doctor.
There are devices like this already in the market. One of them is called Confirm RX by Abbott. It’s a smartphone-compatible cardiac monitor that can generate and send a report to you and your doctor.
You’re also able to flag any symptoms to your doctor and vice versa. It can also track irregular heartbeats if the issue arises.
The insertion procedure is also very simple and not a hindrance because the device is only 1.4 cubic centimeters
Technology has also covered those who are affected by diabetes. FreeStyle Libre – another product by Abbott – is a glucose monitoring tool which allows patients to hold their phone near the device – positioned at the back of the upper arm – and capture real-time glucose levels.
It has also proven to reduce prolonged hypoglycemia and offer better glucose control.
This device also eliminates the need of a blood test giving you faster results.
Another report by the Global Wearable Medical Device Market said that the market size is expected to reach US$27 billion by 2023, and a fast pace growth is foreseen in Asia Pacific due to lifestyle and cardiac diseases.