CONNECTED HEALTH CONFERENCE • Boston, MA • October 25-27, 2017
Since hitting the consumer market, wearable sales have seen steady growth and are projected to hit over 213 million units shipped worldwide by 2020, according to IDC research. The funny thing? This massive shipment number doesn’t seem like a stretch to us — as wearables have been adopted as an everyday accessory, or necessity even, for not only tech-savvy Millennials but children, adults and seniors alike. Accenture research found that, while 20 percent of Americans under the age of 65 use wearables to track fitness — a demographic most would expect to see utilizing wearables — a similar percentage (17 percent) of seniors over 65 are using wearables too.
While more seniors are joining the wearable revolution, the power of these devices has yet to be harnessed. Beyond pulse monitoring and step tracking, wearables can provide everyday value through impactful health insights, especially in terms of improving in the aging experience. When connected with a data analytics platform, these insights can be applied for real-time health tracking and prediction of potential threats that could be avoided by a revised healthcare delivery strategy.
These powerful insights can be used by senior care facilities to truly deliver value-based care to the over 50 million seniors in the U.S. striving for a positive aging experience. Whether providing care to seniors residing in the living facility or those still living independently, facilities can utilize wearable technology to engage with seniors regarding their health and wellness. But the importance of engaging these insights, rather than simply pushing out data, must not go unnoticed. If there are not actionable insights that directly benefit the senior and enable the care provider to deliver better care, there’s a high chance that wearable device will end up in a drawer just months after it’s put to use.
If made actionable, these insights can aid in everything from promoting active aging to chronic disease management and reducing post-acute readmissions. Analytics can be used to predict health threats through monitoring for irregular activity levels and vital signs. One example is the prediction of a potential fall through the analysis of activity data, allowing caregivers to take measures to avoid the event. Another example is the prediction and prevention of a urinary tract infection (UTI) — a health issue many seniors experience. Because UTIs are often preceded by a 72-hour stint where activity levels dip and restroom visits increase, caregivers can use wearable devices to track activity levels and deliver calculated preventative treatment.
In addition to preventative applications through the use of wearable data, these devices can also act as a valuable emergency response system for seniors still living independently. With emergency integrations, like push-of-a-button 911 contact, these devices can help seniors feel safe living independently and deliver peace of mind to their loved ones.
Push button calling is one of the many reasons Reemo chose Samsung Gear S2 as the device platform for their wearables. When evaluating different wearable devices that contained the features we needed to make Reemo a compelling device for seniors, Samsung was the clear choice. The Samsung Gear platform is feature rich, rugged, reliable, and simple to use.
For some seniors, wearables don’t need to deliver in-depth health insights to provide value. The value truly lies within the unique needs of the individual, and can be something as simple as step goal reminders or complex integrations like emergency response capabilities. What really matters is that the device is able to engage seniors in a way that provides everyday value to improve their aging experience.
For more information on health for the connected consumer and strategies to deliver healthcare innovations through a connected and intelligent home, stop by the “Connected Health and the Smart Home: Creating Consumer Engagement” panel discussion on Wednesday, October 25.
About John Valiton
John Valiton is CEO of Reemo Health, a senior health technology solution designed to empower caregivers with actionable insights to improve the aging experience. As a 20-year business development veteran and entrepreneur, Valiton has developed partnerships with many national and international companies. He has been an avid technology enthusiast since an early age, and applied his interest in all things tech at the intersection of IoT, wearable technology, healthcare and data science through his position as a strategic advisor, Chief Revenue Officer, and now CEO for Reemo.