Wearable technologies have gained popularity recently due to their potential to improve healthcare delivery and nursing practice (O’Neill et al., 2021). Wearable devices are intended to capture patient data and deliver real-time information about a patient’s state to healthcare providers, hence enhancing care and health outcomes. However, the employment of wearable technology in healthcare is still subject to criticism. This article investigates the concerns surrounding wearable technology in healthcare, the obstacles it confronts, and the regulatory consequences.
One of the most significant controversies around wearable technology in healthcare is the potential for privacy violations. Wearable devices collect vast amounts of personal health information that, if not adequately protected, can be used to discriminate against individuals or for malicious purposes. Additionally, wearable technology in healthcare may lose the human touch and ability to provide personalized care as patients may rely too much on technology and less on human interaction.
Another issue related to wearable technology in healthcare is the reliability and accuracy of the data collected. Wearable devices still need to be standardized, and the data collected by different devices may not be comparable. This raises questions about the accuracy and reliability of the data collected and the potential for misdiagnosis or incorrect treatment plans based on the data.
The challenges facing wearable technology in healthcare include the need for infrastructure, training, and support. Healthcare organizations must invest in the infrastructure to support wearable devices, including software, data storage, and data analysis capabilities (O’Neill et al., 2021). In addition, healthcare professionals require training on how to use wearable technology effectively and interpret the data collected.
Regulatory implications are also a concern for the use of wearable technology in healthcare. The use of wearable technology falls under the regulatory framework of medical devices, and any wearable device used for medical purposes must adhere to specific regulatory requirements. The regulatory implications include the need for appropriate testing, validation, and quality control of wearable devices to ensure their safety and effectiveness in clinical settings (US Food and Drug Administration, 2019).
In conclusion, wearable technology has the potential to revolutionize healthcare and nursing practice. However, the controversies, issues, challenges, and regulatory implications must be addressed to ensure that wearable technology is used safely, effectively, and ethically. Healthcare organizations, policymakers, and regulators must work together to establish a framework that protects patient privacy, ensures data accuracy, and provides support and training for
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Cherley Gerard , Kadia Williams, Marie Reguenard, Piereena Martinez
April 16, 2023
Introduction of Technology & Team
History and Current Use
Impact on Healthcare & Nursing
Wearable technology is used to monitor the health of patients.
Doctors track the patient data and activity using wearable technology to find out patientâ€™s condition and thus be able to manage the illness (Kurtz et al., 2022).
For instance, heart rate can be monitored by Fitbit to detect cardiovascular issues.
Wearable technology devices are used to alert nurses patientâ€™s health concern thus preventing the patient from adverse circumstances.
Quality of care measures/monitoring
Quality of care can be improved by use of wearable technology in healthcare.
Wearable technology devices allow nurses to provide personalized care plans to the needs of patients.
The devices allow the nurses to monitor the progress of their patients.
Potential health conditions can be identified early by wearable devices before they escalate.
The conditions are thus treated and managed early to reduce the risks.
Risks assessments are carried out using wearable technology preventing much risks to the patients.
Privacy, confidentiality, and security of patient data
Sensitive data of patients is collected by wearable devices.
Wearable devices are connected to internet, thus, a third party can access collect data posing risk to patientâ€™s privacy.
Wearable devices may be hacked causing patientâ€™s data be compromised (Sethuraman, Vijayakumar & Walczak, 2020).
Nurses should thus work on protecting the confidentiality of patientâ€™s data.
According to HIPAA, patientâ€™s data should be kept secure and confidential.