Hands-on health checks every day?

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Trials of sensor-packed bandages that are capable of monitoring wounds could start happening within the next 12 months.

The innovative development is being led by Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science that is working on packing the tracking tech inside of 3D printed bandages. Those sensors will be able to monitor the state of a wound and relay that information back to a doctor to help customise the treatment. All without having to make an appointment to actually see your doc… More at Wareable.

We have discussed the potential ability of smart watches to sense your health continually over the past week and the above article got me wondering if we are approaching a new dawn of preventative health.

Historically, we have always checked our health reactively. We go to the doctors when we are in pain, we go to the hospital when the doctor thinks something is wrong and if we are lucky, serious problems are spotted in time.

With tech, however, that could all change and we would be able to see what is happening multiple times a day with sensors that are able to detect problems as soon as they happen.

It is of course not as easy as it sounds, but for specific medical problems such as diabetes, heart and lungs, it is already possible to do a lot more than we already are.

And then we run into problems of keeping too many people alive, but that is just something we will have to deal with and hopefully not in the way below-

The potential of body-worn tech is so much more than merely having your notifications with you all of the time, it could save your life over and over again.

One thought on “Hands-on health checks every day?

  1. There’s not just the technical side, there’s also the government side. The tendency for governments is to spend money when there’s a problem. That most problems are better and often cheaper solved before they become problems is beside the point. They need to think outside the box on this one. If people live longer and healthier, think of all the health care money that could be saved. That could be directed at job incentives. People living longer will probably mean they will work longer, meaning more tax revenue. But again, they need jobs, or something to do. This is already happening with millennials bumping up against baby boomers who still want to work. So governments need to be proactive, if they can find that word in their vocabulary.

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