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Wearable fitness technology has weaved itself into society so that FitBits and smartwatches are seen as mainstream; and the future of wearable devices shows no sign of slowing down.
Piloted by the increasing demand of consumers to monitor their own health, use of wearable technology has more than tripled in the last four years. According to research from Business Insider Intelligence, more than 80% of consumers are willing to wear fitness technology.
This growing demand for wearables has generated a booming market, and now insurers and companies are seeing how supplying wearable health technology to their consumers and employees is beneficial.
What is wearable healthcare technology?
Wearable technology in healthcare includes electronic devices that consumers can wear, like Fitbits and smartwatches, and are designed to collect the data of users’ personal health and exercise. US consumer use of wearables jumped from 9% in 2014 to 33% in 2018, according to Accenture.
Examples of Wearable Devices in Healthcare
The advancement of wearable technology and growing demand from consumers to take control of their own health has influenced the medical industry, including insurers, providers, and technology companies, to develop more wearable devices such as Fitbits, smartwatches, and wearable monitors.
Wearable Fitness Trackers
Some of the simplest and most original forms of wearable technology, wearable fitness trackers, are wristbands equipped with sensors to keep track of the user’s physical activity and heart rate. They provide wearers with health and fitness recommendations by syncing to various smartphone apps.
The FitBit Flex was an early, popular option for wearable technology consumers. Users were attracted to it’s sleek look and ability to track their step progress throughout the day with the device’s five indicator lights.
Smart Health Watches
Once only used to count steps and tell time, smartwatches have now transformed into clinically viable healthcare tools. Apple launched the Apple Heart Study app in 2017 to monitor users’ heart rhythms and alert those who are experiencing atrial fibrillation.
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