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Medically Reviewed By: Douglas Slakey, MD,MPH

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Key Takeaways

  • Early Detection and Preventive Care: The blog emphasizes the importance of regular vital signs checkups for early detection of health issues and proactive preventive care, which can lead to timely interventions and lifestyle adjustments.
  • Technology’s Role in Health Monitoring: It highlights how modern technology, like vital signs apps, prickless glucose monitors, and RPPG technology, has made monitoring vital signs more accessible and convenient, facilitating better personal health management.
  • Benefits for Corporate Wellness: The article also touches on the significance of regular vitals checkups in corporate wellness programs, underlining how they can reduce health risks, increase productivity, and enhance employee engagement in the workplace.


We have trained ourselves, like circus monkeys, to squeeze so much more out of our day than was considered possible even a generation ago. Technology that should really have remained SciFi has been placed on our tables, on our laps, in our palms, on our dashboards; and it forces us to take much more significant decisions with much less insight and due thought than a generation ago. Physically and emotionally we get pushed into a virtual mincing machine every day, and the indistinguishable sludge coming out the other end comprises the modern economy. It is what it is. The romance of the slow pastoral life is finished. Even the smallest towns are now wired up. And in this inexorable daily grind, the aspect of our being that gets neglected the most is our health. Keeping a very close eye on our well-being has never been more important than it has become now. We know we need to – want to – make the time to have regular health checkups; but we just don’t; can’t. (Yes boss; you’ll have those graphs/charts/changes/spreads in half an hour). Well, since technology brought us to this dark(ish) place, why not force technology to make amends and get us out of it by shining some much needed illumination on well-being? With technology like RPPG (Remote Photoplethysmography), vital signs apps, and prickless glucose monitors, monitoring your vitals has become easier than ever before. In this blog, we’ll explore the significance of regular vitals checkups for your health and how modern technology is making it more accessible.

The Significance of Vitals Checkups

Health – that exquisite, erotic tango of so many organs of our body with and around each other – can fall apart if any one of those organs misses the beat and dances out of balance. Vital signs – heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, body temperature – are the tiles we use to solve the puzzle of what our health looks like on any given day. Monitoring these signs regularly can help detect potential health issues early, enabling timely intervention. Here’s why regular vitals checkups are crucial:

Early Detection: “Catch ‘em early, stop ‘em young” is what I say. Check your vitals regularly and sniff out subtle changes in your health to catch any underlying problems cropping up in the undergrowth. Detecting issues early can prevent them from escalating into serious conditions. Like I said, right?

Preventive Care: oNow that you have the ability to know if your vitals are slightly out of step in the dance of life, you can ever so delicately – and sometimes aggressively – nudge them back in line. and So, make necessary lifestyle changes, such as adjusting your diet, exercise routine, or stress management practices. Use your head.

Peace of Mind: And in order to use your head, you need to keep it. Knowing that your vital signs are within healthy ranges provides you a fair degree of mental peace. It can reduce anxiety related to your health and improve your overall quality of life.

Tracking Health Trends: Regular checks create a comprehensive health history over time. A bit like a rap sheet. So that, like the good coppers that you are, you and your healthcare provider can identify patterns and trends in your vitals and make informed decisions.

The Role of Technology in Vitals Checkups

Oh, isn’t that where we started, with a lament on Modern Technology? Well, to be fair, modern technology has played a positive role too, transforming how we monitor our vital signs, and making the process more convenient and accessible:

Vital Signs Apps: Dr. McCoy used to “check the vitals” using a device called the “tricorder”, and my uncle who was training to be a doctor used to jump and say: dang! Now wouldn’t that be cool? McCoy is dead, my uncle is retired… but the boys and girls in the lab have finally got us “tricorders”. We now have apps that allow individuals to measure their heart rate, blood pressure, and more using their smartphones or wearable devices. The information generation is instantaneous and nowadays, more often than not, is integrated with existing health records, allowing for tracking over time.

Prickless Glucose Monitors: Nope! No reference to that horrible male nurse from my past who smelled of betelnut and mocked anyone who winced at having their fore-finger punctured with a pin. The modern glucose monitors are really prickless, in all connotations of the word; no pricks involved; none. And these prickless glucose monitors offer a painless alternative to traditional finger pricks, deploying advanced technology to measure blood glucose levels continuously.

Remote Photoplethysmography (RPPG): RPPG technology is a solution to monitor vital signs using only a camera and light source, thus eliminating the need for physical contact. It is of particular benefit for patients – such as the elderly or the frail – who cannot be subjected to frequent pricking with needles and pins, and those who are not able to travel to a medical practitioner’s premises.

Free Vitals Sign Apps: Of course if you’re the kind who likes to send money to start-ups to reward them for their effort, you can purchase app and devices. But if you’re a scrooge like me, we have a large number of free vitals sign apps for you too, that can make it easy for anyone – even you – to start monitoring health without additional costs. But now I’m seeing a much younger me writing that take-home exam on a case called “There Ain’t No Such Thing as a Free Lunch”; so, word of caution, dear penny-pinching reader; sometimes it’s better to pay a little than to buy a poorly designed app that gives incorrect results and jeopardizes your health more than what you saved.

Corporate Wellness and Employee Wellbeing

Regular vitals checkups can work for corporate wellness programs designed to support employee wellbeing just as well as they support individuals in monitoring their health. In the corporate world, where workplace stress and long hours have always been common, the insights Human Resources can gain by regularly monitoring employees’ vital signs can help them develop revolutionary health management policies:

Reduced Health Risks: Regular checks help employees identify health risks early, reducing the likelihood of severe health issues that could affect their job performance and increase the insurance expense for the employer.

Increased Productivity: Healthy employees are more productive. Monitoring vital signs as part of a corporate wellness program can lead to a more energized and focused workforce that is healthy and, in ways very important to the employers, mentally well-settled and happy.

Enhanced Employee Engagement: Employees who can see their corporation taking their wellness seriously by launching positive initiatives including vital signs monitoring are confident of the employer’s commitment to employee health and wellbeing, fostering a positive work environment.


Accepting and appreciating the importance of regular vitals checkups is a fundamental initial step on the path to maintaining your wellbeing. With the aid of technology, such as vital signs apps, prickless glucose monitors, and RPPG technology, monitoring your vital signs has become more accessible and convenient than ever before. Whether you’re an individual looking to take control of your health or part of a corporate wellness program, regular checks can make a significant difference in your overall quality of life. Don’t wait for health issues to surface—start monitoring your vitals today for a healthier and happier tomorrow.

MarkiTech has various subsidiaries with products and services targeted towards digital healthcare, telehealth/telemedicine, and a virtual clinic with a laser focus on helping seniors age in place and help their caregivers. is a company focused on remote patient monitoring and aging solutions, which utilizes artificial intelligence to track patient’s health and keep a round-the-clock connection between caregivers and patients. 

Veyetals also uses rPPG and AI modeling algorithms to measure vitals anytime, anywhere to capture the light reflected by the blood vessels under a patient’s skin. 

Lastly, we have now launched our latest Mental Health AI Scribe tool called