Upon the preparation for the launch of our novel smartwatch, we conducted a survey to identify the need for wearables and their features for society.
Teltonika Telemedic has been working on the development of the smartwatch for more than a year. With heart diseases continuing to be the major cause of deaths worldwide, the solution was seen as a key to prevent complications of atrial fibrillation (AF, AfiB) that lead to strokes or even cardiac arrest. The niche in the market was identified after finding out that there is no wearable device that would be able to record 6-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) and accurately detect atrial fibrillation.
Our survey, conducted in 2021, helped to highlight the target groups of our smartwatch, as well as the top priorities and favourable features for the people who would acquire the wearable device.
A total of 290 people participated in the survey. Most of them were young adults who answered the questions relating to the health of their parents, grandparents or other relatives. Overall, 87,3% of participants expressed that a wearable device with heart rate monitoring, ECG recording and atrial fibrillation detection would be favourable.
As seen in Figure 1, the respondents indicated that they would suggest the device for their relatives aged 50-60 (26,4%) and 70-80 (26,1%). It comes as no surprise since the smartwatch is under development to detect atrial fibrillation which is more likely to pertain to older people.
Figure 1: Age groups of people who would prefer smart medical watch
As per a survey, 28% of potential users of the smartwatch require daily care, and only 19,7% of them get professional care. That may imply that the rest of the elderly are taken care of at home by their relatives. Some of them possibly stay at home alone. The percentage of potential users who need eldercare is displayed in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Percentage of potential users who need eldercare
With regard to the features of a smartwatch, a majority of respondents (71%) described fall-down detection and alarm feature as most important (Figure 3). Participants also attached great importance to the functions of the SOS button (66%), representation of heart rate in real-time (65%), ability to share ECG with a doctor (60%), representation of heartbeat history (57%), real-time location tracking (48%) and representation of ECG record in the application (46%).
Figure 3: The most favourable features of a smartwatch
The new Teltonika Telemedic smartwatch will boast a full combo of features favourable by survey responders. Therefore, it would be fair to say that these features also introduce a reliable safety solution for those who need quick assistance, the elderly and geriatric care specialists.
However, the smartwatch currently undergoes certification procedures with ECG recording and AFib detection under development. After certification is completed, the smartwatch would be deemed as medical grade and ready for professional use.
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