Health technology is the application of scientific knowledge and skills into devices, medicines, vaccines and systems for the purpose of improving health and the overall quality of lives.  From “smart” pill bottles to undergarments that are able to detect infections in the body.

“Smart” Pill Bottles

For people that need to take medicine regularly, taking it at the right tie on the right day may mean the difference between staying at home and a visit to the ER.  Smart pill bottles send real-time alerts to secure online servers and users. If someone needs to take their medicine at a certain time, the bottle goes blue if it is unopened, turns red and begins to emit an alarm.  The system also issues reminders via SMS or phone to remind patients that it is time for their medications.

Health Tracking Undergarments

Believe it or not but health tracking underwear is now a reality.  The technology caters to the senior population, the disposable briefs feature an indicator panel on the front that detects infections in the urinary tract as well as monitors for signs of dehydration. The goal is to identify an infection before the patient shows symptoms so that treatment can begin as early as possible.

Customized Mental Health Care

An online and mobile service is now available that offers counseling to people with mental health issues without having to go through a lengthy waiting period or exorbitant fees.  When people sign up, they take an assessment that examines stress, mood and level of anxiety, body image and even sleep habits.  Once all the data is collected, you then start a personalized program that blends reading, interactive exercises0, mood and behavior tracking with a weekly feedback from a coach.

Futuristic Baby Monitor

The device is clipped to your infant’s clothing and can receive wireless updates to your iPhone each time she rolls over. The device collects data such as ambient temperature, posture, movement and breathing. There is also a predictive component that allows parents to know to expect an additional forty five minutes of nap time if the baby is fed in the next fifteen minutes.