Not too long ago, the only way for people to precisely check their health status was to go to the doctor’s office and undergo a series of tests. Now, with the advent of wearable technology people can take more pro-active roles in monitoring their health. From big companies like Apple and Samsung to small startups like Kinetic, many have jumped on the wearable bandwagon. Here are top 5 companies that are developing wearable medical devices.
Apple is a top competitor in the health wearables market. Dramatic growth in Apple’s wearables means Apple Watch and AirPods will overtake both iPad and Mac by the end of next year. The Apple Watch Series 4 includes an ECG that alerts the wearer about their irregular heart rhythms and high/low heart rates. In September, the company said that it is collaborating with leading medical institutions to examine hearing, women’s health, and heart and movement study. The tech giant said it will begin enrolling consumers for the 3 studies later this year through an upcoming app.
Proteus Digital Health is an industry leader in Digital Medicine – one of the latest categories of pharmaceuticals, reports Business Insider. The company’s product Proteus Discover is a smart pill with ingestible sensors, a small wearable sensor patch, an application on a mobile device and a provider portal. Once activated, Proteus Discover unlocks never-before-seen insight into patient health patterns and medication treatment effectiveness, leading to more informed healthcare decisions for everyone involved.
Fitbit has been a leader in wearable technology for years. The San Francisco, CA-based company was the first to introduce wireless syncing with wireless devices. The company’s latest smartwatch, the Fitbit Versa 2 is a health & fitness smartwatch with 24/7 heart rate tracking, Sleep Score, apps and more.
Athos is at the forefront of smart clothing. Its shirts and shorts are sensor-filled garments that can measure various factors, as you exercise. Athos Core can monitor your muscle activity, the heart rate, and even the breathing rate. ‘Core’ is the name chosen by Athos designers, according to its style as a small capsule glued to the garments. The device syncs with fabric embedded sensors and delivers the collected data, via Bluetooth, to your smartphone. The Core 2 shorts start at $340, and the shirt starts at $390 each.
Neurotech is the innovator of in-home EEG setups with remote real-time monitoring. Neurotech performs both Routine and Long-Term Monitored EEG studies. Their in-home, Long-Term Monitored EEG studies can be recorded for any clinically necessary duration. The company contacts patients within one business day of insurance preauthorization, and most EEGs can be started within a few days. All EEG results are available on Neurotech’s innovative Physician Database that includes an online reporting system.