Wearables are already impacting the healthcare industry, and here’s how

wearables healthcare swimmerix  swim tracking wearable device

The advent of wearable technology has managed to turn just about everyone into their own physician — to a certain extent, at least. With the ubiquity of fitness trackers that promise to keep tabs on your heart rate, your sleep cycles, and your overall well-being, it’s no surprise that the healthcare industry has been one of the most heavily impacted by the wearable boom.

Related Offer: Find your fit. See the latest from Fitbit here.

Already, one in five Americans owns a wearable tech device, and even more surprising still, 56 percent of those with these trackers believe that their average life expectancy has increased by a decade thanks to their ability to monitor their vital signs on a daily basis. And now, researchers at the Northwestern University School of Professional Studies have taken a closer look at just how wearables are revolutionizing health care services. 

According to the study’s findings, there exists a stunning 44-percent decrease in sick days for employees who don wearables on a daily basis. Experts estimate that if this trend should continue, over the next 25 years, wearables could help cut hospital costs by way of remote patient monitoring, saving the healthcare industry some $200 billion. Indeed, a three-year study of insurance company Humana shows that employees who use wearables have saved 18 percent on health care already. 

Much of the motivation behind the adoption appears to be weight loss and a healthier lifestyle, both of which appear to be motivating more consumers to jump on the wearables bandwagon. In a recent survey conducted by Insurance Journal, 63 percent of insurance industry executives believe wearables will be widely adopted by the industry within the next two years, as long-term benefits could include things like real-time payment adjustments, eliminating the need for annual payment adjustments; and discouraging unhealthy activities, which could lower an individual’s overall healthcare costs.

Given these benefits, it’s no wonder that experts believe that the market for wearables is expected to grow to an astounding 411 million units by 2020. So if you’re not yet tracking your fitness on your wrist, you may want to reconsider.

Smart Home

This device detects when your pet is at the door and opens it for them

Tired of waiting for your dog to come inside, or running home in the middle of the day to let your four-legged friend out? Wayzn automatically opens sliding doors for your dog and gives you remote control.
Deals

Gifts that keep on giving: Last-minute holiday deals on subscription boxes

Subscription boxes truly are the gifts that keep on giving, and they make fantastic last-minute presents. With so many options available, you’re destined to find something to please even the Grinchiest giftee on your list.
Wearables

Our favorite fitness trackers make it fun to keep moving

Looking for your first fitness tracker, or an upgrade to the one you're already wearing? There are plenty of the wrist-worn gadgets available. Here are our picks for the best fitness trackers available right now.
Business

How to start your online business in 6 simple steps

Making the right choices now can greatly impact your success down the line, and the last thing you want to do is spend your energy revisiting old decisions instead of growing your company.
Outdoors

Crush your next workout with the best Fitbit for every activity

Fitbits are amazingly helpful tools for setting fitness goals and tracking progress. However, different activities require different metrics. We've gathered a list of the best Fitbits for running, swimming, biking, and other activities.
Deals

Check out the best Green Monday deals for those last-minute gifts

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, but that doesn't mean you've missed your chance of finding a great deal. We're talking about Green Monday, of course, and it falls on December 10.
Mobile

Google Fit app finally gets a widget, among other new features

Google Fit hasn't received any new features since its redesign. This week, the company is rolling some new tools; users will be able to add a widget to their Android home screen, adjust the intensity of their workouts, and more.
Cars

Best Products of 2018

Our reception desk has so many brown boxes stacked up, it looks like a loading dock. We’re on a first-name basis with the UPS guy. We get new dishwashers more frequently than most people get new shoes. What we’re trying to say is: We…
Mobile

New Apple Watch begins saving lives one week after getting EKG feature

The Apple Watch Series 4 was updated almost a week ago with a new feature that allows users to take electrocardiogram tests -- and already it seems like the new feature is saving lives.
Wearables

These are the best smartwatches for everything from fashion to fitness

Tempted to buy a smartwatch? If so, then the growing number of great models available means you've got plenty to choose from. But which one should you pick? Here is our list of the best smartwatches.
Wearables

How to use the ECG app, set up irregular rhythm notifications on the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch Series 4 is the best smartwatch iPhone owners can own, and it just got even better with the addition of the ECG app and ability to identify irregular heart rhythms. Here's how to set it all up.
Home Theater

Common AirPods problems, and how to fix them

Apple’s AirPods are among the best fully wireless earbuds we’ve seen, but they’re not perfect. If you’re having trouble, take a look at our guide to the most common problems and what you can do to fix them.
Mobile

The LG V40 ThinQ, G7 ThinQ, and Watch W7 are discounted for the holidays

LG announced a series of deals for the holiday season where you can buy the company's two flagship phones, the V40 ThinQ and G7 ThinQ, as well as its latest smartwatch, for between $150 and $200 off, depending on the device.
Deals

Walmart drops prices on Apple Watches and other fitness trackers

Smartwatches, fitness trackers, and wearable heart rate monitors from Apple, Samsung, Fitbit, and Garmin are popular gifts. Wearables are smarter and more capable than in earlier years. We found the best wearables deals on Walmart.