The problem with doctors is you only see them after you’re sick. Prevention is preferable.
A new generation of wearable sensors is finally living up to that promise by letting patients get constant, personalized care wherever they go. The convergence of several innovations—small, efficient electronics, smartphone-enabled telemetry and digital patient data—is now opening the way, defeating past barriers of slow wireless connections, insecure data transmission, power-hungry equipment and uncertain regulation.
Preventable hospital readmissions cost Medicare and Medicaid $17 billion (pdf, p2) in 2014, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Heart failure was one of the worst offenders. A quarter of the 5.1 million people afflicted annually end up back in the hospital with thirty days of discharge.