$AAPL By Melbenross. In FUTURE: COVID-19 can be controlled by you, Apple Watch. How Smartwatches Could Transform the Healthcare Industry More healthcare-related metrics will make it easier for doctors to track patients remotely. Smartwatches are rising in popularity, and that trend is likely to continue, especially as they gain more features. One industry that could benefit the most from wearables is healthcare, where smartwatches could change the way doctors monitor and keep track of patients, all while maintaining a safe distance. Here's a look at how wearable devices like smartwatches could change the healthcare industry for better (and worse).