The accelerating pace of technological development is being increasingly reflected in changes in the healthcare industry, and the most widespread, consumer-led early-adopter product in recent years seems to be wearable technology.
But, while these passive smart devices become more and more ubiquitous, smarter, cost-effective, and fashionable, we ask, a) do they actually influence tangible, long-term behavioural change, and b) how can the data they track contribute to the management of the wearer’s health and wellbeing?
We’ve given 3 volunteers a smart watch each for 3 months, to test whether they experience any longer-term health benefits from this technology, and to try and get an understanding of attitudes to tech in healthcare.
Our 3 participants have very different lifestyles and fitness interests. Each will have a BMI Health Assessment before and after the trial, and keep a diary for the duration of the test period. We picked 3 top smartwatches with similar features and functionality for them to use: Apple Watch Series 2, Samsung Gear S3 and Garmin Vivoactive HR, and will be updating their progress.