BioScience Trends. 2024;18(3):201-205. (DOI: 10.5582/bst.2024.01170)

Integration of wearable devices and deep learning: New possibilities for health management and disease prevention

Karako K


In recent years, the market for wearable devices has been rapidly growing, with much of the demand for health management. These devices are equipped with numerous sensors that detect inertial measurements, electrocardiograms, photoplethysmography signals, and more. Utilizing the collected data enables the monitoring and analysis of the user's health status in real time. With the proliferation of wearable devices, research on applications such as human activity recognition, anomaly detection, and disease prediction has advanced by combining these devices with deep learning technology. Analyzing heart rate variability and activity data, for example, enables the early detection of an abnormal health status and prompt, appropriate medical interventions. Much of the current research focuses on short-term predictions, but adopting a long-term perspective is essential for further development of wearable devices and deep learning. Continuously recording user behavior, anomalies, and physical information and collecting and analyzing data over an extended period will enable more accurate disease predictions and lifestyle guidance based on individual habits and physical conditions. Achieving this requires the integration of wearable devices with medical records. A system needs to be created to integrate data collected by wearable devices with medical records such as electronic health records in collaboration with medical facilities like hospitals and clinics. Overcoming this challenge will enable optimal health management and disease prediction for each user, leading to a higher quality of life.

KEYWORDS: wearable device, deep learning, healthcare

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