On August 3, U.S. local time, industry organizations and standards bodies have passed the IEEE P360 standard for wearable consumer electronic devices, as well as the functions of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) for step counting, heart rate and sleep measurement, to quantify the performance of wearable devices. ability.
Although some technical standards for smart wearable devices in the current market, such as fitness trackers and smart watches, have been commonly used 5 years ago, how to apply these technical standards to clinical standards and practices and reach a consensus in the industry? slower.
In December last year, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and health data platform developer Evidation Health launched the Achievement for Heart Health program (Achievement for Heart Health), which collects and analyzes the health data of patients diagnosed with heart failure. As of May 25 this year, 474 participants have been invited.
Customize personalized teaching materials to rationally treat patients with heart failure
In the Heart Health Achievement Project, 61% of participants have wearable devices, and they provide ACC with self-survey data and data stored on Evidation devices. After that, patients will get personalized teaching materials from ACC and share them with their clinicians.
Bray Patrick-Lake is a senior director of Evidation and a heart patient. She participated in the Heart Health Achievement Pilot Program. She said that recording daily data is like writing a diary and conveying information. This type of treatment can keep people healthy at any time. , Preventing illness rather than taking measures after illness, this can allow patients to get the right treatment.
Anusha Narayan, Evidation’s vice president of strategic marketing, said that he hopes that the company will gradually start the plan under the cooperation with ACC. He said that their goal is not to generate a specific set of evidence, but to facilitate interaction, contextualizing the data that people generate outside the hospital, and thus produce more useful results.
Increase the use of digital health technologies and release best practice documents at the end of the year
ACC and CTA announced their cooperation in May this year. Kerri Haresign, Director of CTA Technology and Standards, introduced that this is the first time CTA has cooperated with a medical association. Through cooperation, experts in the technical and medical fields will provide guidance to equipment manufacturers on how to communicate the performance of individual products to clinicians, and clinicians will also recommend appropriate equipment to patients.
Haresign stated that the project with ACC is expected to release a best practice document before the end of this year. The document will involve equipment including a tracker for prevention, a blood pressure detector for screening, and a device for health management and disease treatment.
“The project of cooperation with ACC is our core mission. We hope to increase the use of digital health technology, thereby reducing costs and enhancing patient experience. Breaking down the communication barriers between technology companies and users is also one of the problems they hope to solve through this project. One.” Haresign said.
Insight into the meaning behind the data and build a learning medical system
In addition to ACC’s cooperation with Evidation and CTA, Boston’s professional association Digital Medicine Society (DiMe) is also establishing a plan around Behaviorome and cooperating with Evidation and CTA. About Behaviorome refers to the ability to capture data and conduct in-depth analysis of the data before taking effective measures.
DiMe CEO Jennifer Goldsack said that the cooperation between ACC, Evidation and CTA is part of the general trend of combining health and technology. For example, at the end of May this year, DiMe also announced the Digital Health Measurement Collaborative Community, which was close to the same period as the announcement issued by ACC.
“We must get out of the vicious circle of individual initiatives and pilots. We need to run a learning medical system to keep people healthy, not what can be done for people once they are sick, we need to figure out the meaning behind the huge data stream.” Goldsack said. .
Conclusion: Smart wearable technology combined with medical treatment or future trends
For most patients, leaving the hospital and doctor’s care is like losing a barrier. The smart wearable technology monitors the patient’s physical condition at the patient’s side, and can record various indicators of the patient’s body at all times. If smart wearable technology can be truly used in the medical and health field, it will greatly save time and cost.
However, the application of smart wearable technology to the medical industry is in the development stage, and the future needs to be practiced and applied continuously, and the technology must be kept updated. At the same time, the big data conveyed by smart wearable devices also requires more in-depth research on the meaning behind it.