Despite the fact that the wearable technology market is growing rapidly, many developers and businesses are still frustrated that the majority of wearables also require a smartphone to function. In some instances, that might limit certain technologies from reaching their potential, while in others, a companion app may be exactly the type of auxiliary component that helps a wearable device achieve mainstream popularity. For example, Fitbit devices, which make up 70 percent of the fitness tracker market, rely on a companion mobile app to both control and display the data they collect.
With that in mind, as hospitals begin to ramp up their deployment of wearable tech for use in everything from monitoring heart rates and blood pressure levels, to actually allowing diabetes patients to control their insulin levels via smartphones, they’d be wise to consider developing their own internal companion apps to treat patients. By keeping things in house, hospitals can optimize their use of wearable technology, and doctors and nurses can work together to find the best course of treatment for their patients.
Depending on the sophistication of the companion app, it’s easy to envision a future where doctors can perform basic diagnostic tests from a patient’s smartphone, and even prescribe medication based on the results. While some doctors may balk at the idea of diagnosing patients remotely, according to ProcewaterCoopers’ Health Research Initiative (HRI), 66 percent of physicians who responded to their survey said they would in fact prescribe a mobile app to help patients with chronic diseases to aid in managing their treatment.
As medical technologies and treatments continue to evolve, wearable technology and companion apps could be at the forefront of a healthcare revolution.