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Healthcare Journal of new orleans  
Wearable healthcare technology performs a variety of functions that can assist patients, doc-
tors, and medical staff in many different areas of health and wellness. This includes every-
thing from patient monitoring for doctors to glasses used in surgical procedures to allow a
surgeon to see even more clearly and deeply into the body as he works.
“The intersection of wearables and healthcare may very well be the driving force for the
entire wearable industry,” says Matthew Berman, CEO of local marketing company, Ember
Networks, LLC, which has worked to improve healthcare technology in hospitals across the
country. “We’re already seeing prevalent use of fitness wearables for people who want to
measure, track, and analyze their performance, progress, and sleep patterns. I believe this
is just the beginning of the trend.”
In addition to wearable healthcare technology that can monitor vital signs such as blood
pressure, blood sugar, and oxygen consumption, these devices can look for signs in the skin
of an oncoming seizure, such as the RTI International seizure alert system.
Wearable technology can also detect spikes in stress levels, such as BreathResearch’s Breath-
Acoustics All-in-One Headset, which uses acoustic sensors to analyze a person’s breath-
ing to alleviate stress and perform a variety of other health functions. Both of these appli-
cations of wearable technology, including the information that can be transmitted to both
patients and doctors in real time, can potentially prevent certain harmful events for a patient
if addressed right away.
In addition to the consumer-facing examples of wearable healthcare technology, wearable
devices for medical staff are becoming more pervasive as well. For example, wristbands or
sensors sewn into uniforms can track the vitals of nurses during work hours—particularly
on longer days—to monitor for what’s known as nurse fatigue, which can greatly affect a
nurse’s ability to perform her job and attend to her own health.
“The implementation of wearable healthcare devices in hospitals is extremely exciting and,
as technology improves, is going to be limited only by our imagination,” says Berman.
How Does Wearable
Healthcare Technology Work?
The intersection
of wearables and
healthcare may
very well be the
driving force for
the entire wearable
Matthew Berman, CEO
Ember Networks, LLC