Wearable tracker helps to cope with drug addiction

2016-06-22

Wearable tracker helps to cope with drug addiction

Wearable devices will be applied for combating drug addiction. Experts from the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine have offered using E4 wristband from Empatica for this purpose. This gadget tracks early signs of relapse by measuring temperature, heart rate, skin conductance.

Supervision and determination of time of the relapse will help to choose the method of therapy.

Device will track physiological indications and send a signal to the person, chosen in advance. It can be a physician or someone who will see the patient before the relapse starts.

Information on 15 addicted people, who wear this wristband, has been published in the research report, devoted to the question whether patients are ready to such form of control. Participants turned out to be interested in the analysis of their data.

Wristbands recorded the time of drug intake basing on participants’ symptoms: temperature of their skin decreased, and conductance increased; they got more excited and made too many movements. Morphine and heroin influences the organism differently than cocaine. Those who use these drugs experience the rise of temperature and make fewer movements.

E4 can store 60 hours of data, which can be uploaded to the cloud. 

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