Most people would say that summertime is the best time to travel. But for those who have specific health needs, packing a bag and booking the next flight isn’t so simple. Machines, devices, and other sciences have made it possible for us to find resolutions to many health issues — but leaving them behind could be a matter of life and death. Now, thanks to incredible advancements, these technologies are more portable than ever. Smart digital healthcare technology innovations across the health and wellness industry have spawned handy, on-the-go products that you can’t afford to forget to take with you on your next trip.
On-The-Go Digital Healthcare
Thinking of taking a vacation? That seems like a simple task to most people, but for some, specifically, those with severe food allergies, traveling takes a lot more planning and thought than you think. Even if you’re staying in a familiar locale, enjoying a meal out can be a scary thought without knowing what each ingredient is. Sure, you could always rely on an EpiPen® in a critical moment, but with controversial pricing and the need for medical assistance, it shouldn’t be your first option. Imagine if you could tell if a dish had any ingredients you were allergic to just by looking at it? Nima, a portable food sensor focused on gluten and peanut allergies, has made this a reality. You can eat wherever you want without fear by placing a sample of your food into the sensor — within seconds the sensor will be able to show tell you if the food is safe to eat or not. While this device only covers a couple of allergies, it does open the door for similar advancements in the allergic reaction prevention space.
Speaking of sensors — iSWIMBAND is the sensor that is ruling the summer. For people who live near an ocean, a lake, or pool — teaching their child how to swim is probably a priority. Finding some water to cool off in during the summer months is a sanctuary for many parents and kids, but it’s not without hazards: Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under 4. Enter iSWIMBAND. This crowd-funded digital healthcare clip-on is the world’s first wearable drowning detection device. iSWIMBAND offers a free app that syncs with various wearable bands and sends an alert if the band enters the water or is submerged for too long. Nothing replaces knowing how to swim, but iSWIMBAND can put parents at ease when traveling with little ones around water.
Chronic Disease Management
For chronic diseases that must be monitored on-the-go, Trajectory client Ascensia is revolutionizing blood glucose tests for diabetes management. The CONTOUR™ range of blood glucose monitoring systems, including CONTOUR®NEXT ONE wireless blood glucose meter, is making it easier than ever to travel and stay on top of your diabetes. This hyper-accurate line of monitoring tools syncs with an app to help you review your readings, set a testing reminder, or share your info with HCPs. Whether you’re taking a road trip or backpacking across Europe, this easy to pack healthcare technology is a must for patients living with diabetes.
We’re only skimming the surface of portable health technology currently available that is making traveling a breeze for those with pre-existing conditions or who may have an emergency. What else can future innovators come up within the portable tech space? How can healthcare brands today continue to push the boundaries of what is possible? If you’re looking to move your brand forward in the niche market of travel healthcare tech, aligning with a specialized healthcare marketing agency who has insights into the industry is a productive first step.