South Yorkshire NHS trust, today released figures from the first quarter of this year. Within those figures the trust states that they recorded 68 instances of patients presenting to hospital with suspected heart issues that had called the emergency line because of worrying readings from fitness trackers. Of those 68 incidents, all received positive outcomes. According to the trust a large proportion of these outcomes can be directly attributed to early action taken because of patient concern regarding readings on tracking equipment.
With those kinds of results it seems ever more likely that the story below will become the norm rather than news worthy.
Life Saving Watch
The following is from NBC News, and is one of an ever increasing number of examples of a similar nature;
William Monzidelis, a 32-year-old resident from Westchester, New York, says his life was saved last month in part thanks to the Apple Watch he was wearing that day.
According to a report from NBC NewYork, Monzidelis was working at his family-run bowling alley in the Bronx on April 3 when he says he went to the bathroom and started bleeding. He was also feeling dizzy at the time. Soon, he says he got a notification from his Apple Watch telling him to seek medical attention immediately.
It’s a good thing Monzidelis heeded the warning from his Apple Watch, and left when he did: During the ensuing 30-minute drive to the hospital, he told NBC that he lost about 80% of his blood in the car and was constantly drifting in and out of consciousness.
“I was seizing in the car and bleeding all over the place, from my mouth, my rectum,” Monzidelis told NBC. “I lost so much blood that I needed a transfusion for the anesthesia to travel to my brain and put me out for the surgery.”
When Monzidelis reached the hospital, the medical team there discovered he had ruptured an ulcer. And according to NBC, doctors believed if Monzidelis hadn’t received the Apple Watch notification when he did, he may not have survived the ordeal. The doctors said Monzidelis may have simply ignored his symptoms, due to the fact he was healthy prior to the incident, and waiting too long may have been fatal.
“I would have been working in my office and they would have found me dead,” Monzidelis said.
The current batch of Smart Watches, though supported by very clever technology, are considered to be fundamentally merely rudimentary compared to what will eventually be offered to us in the future. So if they are beginning to be recognized the world over as being a very useful personal piece of equipment, even (if not especially) if you are not using them to support an exercise regime, now. What are they going to bring to the table in the future? And are they positioning themselves as an essential piece of personal equipment.
A Giant Leap Forward or Several Large Steps?
For the last 10 years we have been spoiled by the technical innovation and rapid progression of the Smat Phone. To the point that choice has been so varied and confusing. We have gone through the stage where there were 4 main players in the market with numerous innovative companies buzzing around the periphery basically driving the industry forward without too much recognition.
That was driven down to 2 main market leaders each driving their own sector, Apple with IOS, and Samsung with Android, both with massive presence in China, driving the business forward quickly by using the lack of patent legislation in that country.
Tactically for both of those companies that has proven to be a bit of a mixed bag. The lack of patent law has given both companies the ability to quickly adjust to technical changes, bringing innovation to the market much more quickly than had previously been known. But it has allowed smaller quicker companies to steal the innovation away from the big 2 and to force a considerable gap in the otherwise dominated market.
In many ways this has been to the benefit of the consumer with technical advance being available much quicker and allowing us, the consumer the knowledge that we had immediate access to truly cutting edge technology. We were finally part of the drive forward, rather than looking at tech programs or magazines aghast at what possibly lay ahead of us. Now we were actively involved.in what we feel is the future.
The market now is beginning to feel cluttered with consumer choices, and has come to the point that you only choose the Apple icon, which is just starting to feel a little claustrophobic, or Android. As either is in reality as advanced as the other, and where they are not independently, they just adapt their own technology to emulate the other. All the rest is just gimmick. But a mind-blowing variety of gimmicks, and we are left trying to choose a perfect fit for us as individuals.
The starting point for this explosion of innovation and choice is very easy to trace. This all started with the global adoption of 4G, as a standard. Now I know, even on a tiny advanced island nation as the UK, 4G is far from being universal, with very patchy coverage, but that isn’t the point. All modern communications networks are 4G enabled and that is what allowed the acceleration.
Now a word of warning deserves to be placed here. If you think that the choice is confusing now. I can tell you that China, and Japan are light years ahead of us. As we contemplate with eagerness the roll-out of 5G, in the next few years, China and Japan have already successfully rolled out 6G. And so they have been in the position that we find ourselves in now, they have been in for a number of years. And a quick look at their market reveals that there has not been a dominant brand of mobile phone for about 5 years now. Rather, a multitude of quick moving manufacturers that offer a truly spaced out selection of gimmicks and variations.
Prepare for Take-off
The Smart Watch/Tracker industry is at a major junction currently that it is about to release the barriers to further development. It is a point that has been forced upon the industry because of the perceived potential demise of the tracker that has been brought on by the simplicity of the current technology, and the advance of the Smart Watch.
The glass ceiling that is currently holding the industry back is also no surprise, it is recognizable standardization.
The current big 2, Apple and FitBit, have identified this and with future innovations such as BP, Glucose, Oxygen saturation and early warning alarms all just a mere nod away from being reality, they have both presented proposal papers before the US drug agency for approval. With a massive raft of pre-developed and ready-to-go technology all forcing up behind these applications, it is difficult to see the situation as only being a matter of time before the floodgates open.
And don’t kid yourself, into a false sense of security because where the Fitness Tracker goes, the Smart Watch will follow, also with even more innovations to keep them relevant. All you need to do is take a glimpse at the drawing below which is a drawing from a patent application posted last month from Samsung, for a watch that uses your skin as a keyboard/mouse!