According to US researchers, the usage of mobile technologies and apps, such as remote monitoring or the use of wearable biosensors (e.g., activity trackers), hardly affects health. The research, published in the scientific magazine Digital Medicine, analyzed data from 27 studies of portable biosensors.
The study shows, among other things, that the use of wearables has little or no impact on issues such as weight, BMI, waist circumference, fat percentage and blood pressure.
The scientists did see moderate positive effects of the devices in some patients with specific conditions such as obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Parkinson’s disease, hypertension and chronic low back pain, provided that they were used in combination with personal guidance and follow-up within the framework. Of a medical treatment.
The researchers also warn that many of the current wearables and trackers that are available to consumers have not been medically validated and have not been sufficiently investigated.