How Technology Is Helping People Live A Healthier Life

Thanks to a wide variety of technology, it’s never been easier for people to start making healthier choices in their day-to-day lives.

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A wide variety of health and wellness apps, mobile health monitors, and wearable smart devices have assisted a multitude of people keep track of their lifestyle choices. Telemedicine, the act of consulting with doctors online, has boomed during the Covid-19 pandemic, which is also one of the reasons that smart technology has grown in popularity so much. 

Last week Amazon announced that it will begin offering its US employees access to its Amazon Cares telemedicine program; an app specifically designed to give users access to virtual doctors, nurses, and nurse practitioners who can provide services and treatment over the phone 24/7. 

In India, the health-tech market is projected to reach a value of $21 billion by 2025. Preventative healthcare is expected to hit $170 billion post-pandemic, as it’s expected that more individuals will be taking extraordinary precautions to avoid getting sick in any context once the pandemic is over. Experts also attribute this projected increase to fitness and wellness apps aimed at giving users diagnostic solutions to their health problems. 

“Monitoring your heart rate and calories, designing workouts, checking sleep patterns and mental health is just a click away. There are even apps to track your daily water intake!”

Calorie and fitness tracking isn’t a new concept, however, they’ve only further advanced within the past few years. Originally individuals would buy an electric wristband that would sync up with an app on their phone to monitor steps, sleep patterns, and overall wellness. Now, you can go buy a smartwatch that will tell you all of that, as well as your heart rate, fitness patterns, eating habits, and so much more. 

“Wearable devices are becoming a part of our everyday lives and are no longer limited to being merely fitness trackers. Fitbits, Apple watches, Garmins provide personalized workout plans for your body type and document your progress in order to help you achieve your fitness goals,” according to Steena Joy, a health, wellness, and lifestyle journalist. 

Some health apps can assist with tracking your daily food intake if you have special dietary restrictions and need some extra assistance with planning out what meals are acceptable to have. Others send out daily reminders to get up and stretch, take a walk, or even just pause for ten minutes to do some deep breathing. Wearable heart monitors and smart devices also make it easier than ever for people with heart conditions to monitor their vitals and stay healthy. 

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“Almost every day, a new technological advancement is making it easy and convenient for us to manage and control our health, improve our overall lifestyle and help us live a healthier and more fulfilling life.”

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Sleep-tracking apps have also increased in popularity within the past year as more and more individuals are trying to find ways to maintain a healthy sleep schedule. Sleep is one of the most important things when it comes to our physical health, so seeing information on your specific sleeping patterns and routine can help you make adjustments to ensure you’re getting a proper amount of sleep every night. 

Nighttime apps can also help individuals meditate and fall asleep easier for those who have trouble drifting off/staying asleep. Most of these applications use some sort of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology at its base so that the experience is really individualized for the user and their specific health goals. 

This makes sense considering how heavily AI is used in the medical community now as well. The Internet of Caring Things (IoCT) is one of the best examples of this. This network connects devices, sensors, and cognitive systems to allow family members, their doctors and other caregivers access to heath stats and the well-being of the world’s population. 

According to reviews, the network “helps monitor, inform, and notify not only caregivers, but also healthcare providers with actual data to identify issues before they become critical and allows early intervention.” This system makes it easy for family members to stay informed of their more vulnerable relatives even if they’re not living under the same roof; something that’s been extremely beneficial during the Covid-19 pandemic.