Berlin (dpa) -. They monitor blood pressure and sugar levels, calories uptake and -consumption, the movement in sleep or muscle activities during the day: close to the body portable minicomputer. The so-called Wearable Devices, short wearables, are probably of a breakthrough in Germany.
Already 17 percent of Germans have one or more of these helpers. This is a study commissioned by the management consulting firm PwC, the possession of the German Press Agency in Berlin. PwC says that the device “bring many benefits of the Internet directly to the body.” Not everyone shares this enthusiasm
Wearables offer body-worn internet access – Examples:. Smartwatches or Google Glass. Even as jewelry pieces are there. PwC keeping the little helpers not only in the private sector for good – they could also at work a piece bring far more health. “Wearables make the work more effective and safer,” says PwC’s technology expert Werner Ballhaus. With a data goggles as free-hand work will of course – important as search and rescue teams, for warehouse workers or engineers
There are also intelligent textiles, clothing with sensors in the fabric.. To measure a new T-shirt durable body signals and transmits the data as a tablet. Respiratory rate and heart activity are detected. PwC man Ballhaus makes a possible advantage of such clothes in the job carefully: “Networked functional clothing promises better protection for professionals such as firefighters.”
What should we think of fitness functions and watches with added value in the health sector? Potential benefits are obvious: Many patients forget about when to take their medicine. Federal Health Minister Hermann Gröhe (CDU) already tried to get an eHealth law on electronic health card such Medikamentierungsprobleme particularly in the elderly better grip.
And also a demanding tone at the moment when the jogging pending , Healthcare providers may prove useful. The biggest advantage of wearables is because even for two-thirds of respondents in the PwC study the contribution to health care.
One in four would therefore be prepared to scroll up to 300 euros for such a device. And nearly three-quarters would spend at least another 100 euros for it. A multi-billion dollar market happening because worldwide, rejoices the American banking giant Morgan Stanley. Experts such as the association Bitkom forecast annual growth rates of over 20 percent. Eagerly the new Apple Watch is expected in April – Cost:. From 399 € in the sports version
When buying a wearables are three points in the center, gave the PwC study: a good value ratio, good service – and data security. The doctors in Germany are skeptical here. “The consumer must be aware that the data will be stored and saved somewhere,” says Roland Steel, spokesman for the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians. “The development of wearables shows that many people seem to be willing, more or less safely pass data.” The personal doctor-patient relationship can be replaced by any app.
Critics consider it weird when people on measurements rely instead on physical feeling. And health insurance soon awarded bonuses no longer on fitness-participation according to the check-book, but by continuously Gathered use of training and healthy eating? Become an uninvited third parties to see how much beer has driven up the patient’s blood glucose?
Privacy put such scenarios limits. It also remains open whether in future be more fitness programs are available for Healthy in the foreground – or rather specific applications for the chronically ill
In the in the PwC study respondents had at least 5 percent of a disclosure of personal data agreed.. About 50 percent would be willing to share their data for money or preferential treatment from. However, a majority of respondents also looks Disadvantages: 62 percent fear an invasion of their privacy. See 57 percent vulnerability to security breaches as a problem. It could also be technologically possible quickly that the employer via data glasses sees what its employees straight.
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