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August 1, 2017

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Categories: Health and Wellness

The Future of Wearables in Healthcare

I love my Fitbit. Admittedly, this is at least a little bit in part because I can challenge my siblings in competitions and earn “trophies” for my efforts, but that’s not my only reason. I’m also interested in the data. As a lifelong athlete, I love the information it collects about my sleep cycles, physical activity and heart rate. All of these capabilities offer insights about what’s going on with my body. It’s widely known that consumer health data is on the rise, largely as a result of the adoption of “wearables” like the Fitbit. Today, approximately one in four Americans owns a wearable device,[1] and unsurprisingly, Millennials are leading the charge with a near 50 percent adoption rate.[2] A recent STAT News article highlighted the impact chronic diseases have on the US healthcare system and the role wearables can play in the industry. Wearable technology presents an opportunity to potentially curb healthcare spending by positively influencing user decisions and encouraging adoption of healthy behaviors. Within the pharmaceutical industry, some companies have even begun utilizing wearables as a way to support patients’ interactions with their doctor and help them better manage their health by providing more accurate, real-time data. However,Continue Reading

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