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Living smart, living healthy

16 November 2017

People are becoming increasingly health-knowledge oriented and developing a wellness mindset. We’re taking on a more proactive approach in managing our own health, and the rapid convergence between health care and technology is making this possible, particularly when it comes to mobile and wearables.

Living in the wearables decade

For consumers, we are truly living in the wearable technology decade. One of the primary drivers is the popularity of fitness wearables. On top of the demand for fitness bands and smart watches, we’re now also seeing the advent of smart clothing with thread sensors that detect albumin and proteins in sweat as well as monitor heart-rate, breathing and stress levels.

Moving away from fitness into overall health, a smart knee brace is available that constricts to provide support where needed; a smart bra that monitors for breast cancer; smart contact lenses that monitor glucose levels for diabetics; and many more.

Digital onesies

Wearable technology isn’t just for adults. Companies are connecting babies to apps and giving parents live information about their baby’s breathing, skin temperature, heart rate and sleeping patterns.

The ‘Owlet’ has adapted the clip they put on your finger in hospitals to monitor heart rate to create a baby sock that monitors oxygen levels and heart rate. ‘Sproutling’ has integrated the same technology into a strap that goes round the ankle, while ‘Mimo’ has woven the tech into a ‘onesie’ that works with a ‘Google Nest’ thermostat to change temperature levels in your baby’s bedroom.

Living smart, living healthy

Of course, we’re also benefiting from a host of apps which help us monitor our health, fitness and stress levels. Mobile health care and use of mobile to enable consumers to interact directly with hospitals, doctors and other providers will be among the biggest developments impacting the health care system.

In fact, based on Cigna research, we know the majority of customers - 59% - currently use, or plan to use health apps. To answer this need, we created the Cigna WellbeingTM app to help our plan members manage their health, wherever they are in the world.

According to the 2017 Cigna 360° Wellbeing Survey, 78% believe the use of digital technology in health care has the potential to bring good health to more people. Mobile health care and use of mobile to enable consumers to interact directly with hospitals, doctors and other providers will be among the biggest developments impacting the health care system in 2017.