Wisewear, Digital Health Summit at CES 2016
It comes as no surprise that the U.S. health care system is ranked as one of the most expensive and least effective in the world. The U.S. actually spends more money on health care than 10 top-spending, developed countries combined. But why do we always seem to rank last in health and mortality?
Our current health care system follows a traditional, reactive approach, where the main objective is to treat illnesses, injuries, and physical ailments. Most health care providers are only looking to respond, if and when a patient presents a problem. Oftentimes, those problems are drawn out to unnecessary visits to the hospital and expensive procedures that never needed to be done in the first place.
A Forbes article stated, “Overuse and unnecessary care accounts for anywhere from one-third to one-half of all health care costs, which equal hundreds of billions of dollars, in addition to the half-a-trillion per year experts attribute to lost productivity and disability.”
Chronic diseases and conditions also occupy an exceptionally large fraction of our overall spending. With an aging population and more than half of Americans diagnosed with at least one chronic disease, this growing dilemma accounts for 75% of the nation’s health care spending. However, it’s interesting to note that 80% of these costly diseases are actually preventable.
Many of these issues can be attributed to the lack of transparency. Beyond cost, there is such a divide between patients and providers. Sure, we all look to doctors to fix us and keep us living and healthy, but to what extent do we let them take complete charge of our health? Circling back to unnecessary care, how can patients truly understand the degree of care they actually need?
Amid the frustration of rising health care costs and complexity, one may wonder – why not help patients become more knowledgeable by teaching them how to live a healthy lifestyle, free of preventable illnesses? Instead of treating problems as they come, a proactive approach that exercises education and prevention can improve the health of Americans, reduce costs, and enhance the quality of care. The use of wearable technology accommodates such proactivity by helping consumers stay on top and in charge of their wellness.
Although the role of wearables has expanded in many different ways to satisfy a wide range of consumer desires, activity tracking still remains as one of the most popular features. It helps consumers identify their strengths and spot areas for improvement, keeping them informed of what their bodies need to reach its maximum potential. More importantly, consistent monitoring encourages them to stay mindful, eat healthier, and exercise more frequently. Developing such habits and self-discipline will inevitably risk one’s risk developing diseases and injuries.
Beyond counting your steps and monitoring your heart rate, wearables now have the ability to do so much more. WiseWear, a fashion tech hybrid company that creates innovative wearables, recently introduced its Socialite Collection of luxury smart jewelry as a compact solution for all women alike. Unlike most other wearables on the market, Socialite satisfies the consumer’s needs with powerful features, aesthetic design, comfort, and wearability. Each bracelet is armed with meaningful features such as activity tracking, mobile notifications, and distress messaging.
And the best part? Doing it all in style. Being truly wearable encourages users to wear the device more often, resulting in more accurate activity tracking, constant security and connection. All of these elements contribute to educating, better yet encouraging, consumers to achieve the proactive and balanced lifestyles they deserve. Visit wisewear.com for more information