Consumer Healthcare: current trends in consumer health monitoring
Abstract - The term healthcare has a very wide scope that ranges from lifestyle and wellness right up to care for acute conditions. With the availability of digital accessories for monitoring basic biological functions, the potential for obtaining detailed data on life style, habits and behaviour of an individual exists. Such data can enable diagnosis of the causes for a condition with higher accuracy. In the recent past, a large number of devices have become available in the market, that can monitor various aspects of lifestyle and biological functions. Such data provides a feedback to an individual for compliance with “healthy guidelines” as well as contribute information to the healthcare provider for use in diagnosis, in the event of an ailment. In this paper, we identify the various aspects of care that can benefit from consumer grade health monitoring devices and present the overall landscape in the context of self care. We qualify the term “consumer healthcare”, assigning the context to it and identifying the services available in the context.