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What are wearables?

Defining Wearable Technologies

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information "Wearable Health Devices (WHDs) are an emerging technology that enables continuous ambulatory monitoring of human vital signs during daily life (during work, at home, during sport activities, etc.) or in a clinical environment, with the advantage of minimising discomfort and interference with normal human activities."

Examples of Wearable Technology Companies: 

"Biotricity is a medical technology company committed to improving healthcare by developing solutions that aid chronic disease prevention and management. Biotricity’s premier product is Bioflux, an ECG monitoring system that will be prescribed by physicians to diagnose and remotely monitor cardiac patients."

"Medtronic is a global healthcare solutions company operating in approximately 160 countries. We are committed to improving lives through our medical technologies, services, and solutions. Since our beginning, 60 years ago, our Mission has remained the same: to alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life for people around the world. The Mission is our ethical framework and inspirational goal guiding our day-to-day work. It reminds us that our efforts are transforming millions of lives each year."

The Future of Wearables

Wearable technologies have seen a rapid rise to market over the course of the last decade. Wearables have become a crucial part of real-time patient monitoring - clinicians can track patient factors such as calorie intake, heart rate and physical activity rates. However, the use of data can be a double-edged sword, with data accuracy and data security concerns being major challenges. 

Wearables have an important part to play in meeting the healthcare challenges of the 21st century. To meet the innovators making this happen, check out our DigiHealth Leaders event, taking place later in the year!

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Russell Gardiner
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