How technology is helping health and wellness providers promote healthy lifestyle choices

January 17, 2017 · 2 min read · By ASU Online
The healthcare industry as a whole is undergoing seismic changes and technology is a key driver. Today, more than ever, Americans have the power to prevent disease by making healthy lifestyle choices.
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A wide variety of wellness apps and mobile health monitors are empowering individuals to monitor and analyze key health indicators like heart rate and activity and stress levels.

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Current state of health in America

Despite the rise of heart disease and obesity rates in the U.S., Americans are still living longer. With the help of technology, Americans are taking control of their health and taking steps to improve their well-being.

 

Overview of health and wellness technology

Telemedicine has become a way of connecting patients and health care providers. A variety of applications and services have improved care efficiency and effectiveness. Apps and wearable trackers are also helping health care professionals stay updated on their patients’ conditions. Not only is the technology helping to treat existing conditions, but aiding in prevention as well. In summary, health app users believe the apps help improve their overall quality of life.

The future of America’s health

An increase in chronic health conditions has inspired app makers and developers to create apps and wearables aimed at preventing these conditions. Obesity and diabetes can be prevented by staying active and monitoring food intake. Other apps and wearables can monitor emotions to help treat psychological conditions, like depression.

 

Conclusion

The market for medical apps is growing yearly. With advancements in technology happening at breakneck speeds, Americans should take advantage of the resources available to them. A few minutes a day tracking simple vital signs could make a big difference in a lifetime.


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