How AI and wearable sensors can keep people healthy for less

As healthcare leaders prioritize reducing costs, one executive believes the way to get there involves wearable devices with sensors, digital assistants and AI, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

In the report, Consumer Technology Association President and CEO Gary Shapiro argued that wearable devices that feature sensors have the ability to help keep track of health, body movements and levels, and medications without constantly visiting the doctor. They also allow doctors to monitor patient health from afar and step in when necessary.

“Without asking a single question, your doctor could chart your physical activity and check your hydration, sodium and oxygen levels without using a needle,” Shapiro wrote. “A quick review of your connected prescription dispensers might show you inadvertently skipped a dose of medicine.”

Additionally, AI has the power to analyze tons of data in a short amount of time, while also identifying patterns and abnormalities in patients. he said. The ability can help doctors “make better and more effective decisions” sooner. He also noted that AI-powered smart home technology, like digital assistants, can monitor the health of senior citizens living at home alone, reducing the need for an in-home nurse.

“Seniors living in the United States represent a multibillion-dollar market opportunity, including tech products that help people balance aging with a proactive, healthy, independent lifestyle. As a welcome bonus, these consumer benefits can translate into billions in savings for the healthcare industry,” Shapiro wrote.

To read the full report, click the link below.