The “stethoscope era” of medicine is over. As healthcare providers grapple with the skyrocketing burden of chronic diseases fueled by behavioral choices, they need information. Not just a few numbers during occasional office visits — doctors now need to monitor patients’ real-time blood pressure, glucose, heart rate, physical activity, and sleep. So bring on the wearables!
These noninvasive, relatively inexpensive devices remotely guide doctors toward value-based care decisions, alert them to emergencies, and support conversations with patients about medication adherence and lifestyle choices. The stethoscope of tomorrow just might be a new app you learn about today!