Dr. Rich Gliklich is an XIR with General Catalyst Partners where he leverages his operational experience and domain expertise to support businesses in the healthcare and life sciences industries. Prior to joining General Catalyst, Rich was President of the Outcome division of Quintiles
How will wearables impact healthcare this year?
I think wearables will move from being focused on fitness for the healthy to helping monitor patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. This will be a huge leap in value to the healthcare system.
However, wearables need to be more designed for assisting or replacing existing practices and technologies. There are huge market opportunities in healthcare, but change is difficult so transitions need to be incremental even if the technology is more transformative than that. There is so much that can be improved by wearables, but too often entrepreneurs miss the obvious and don’t focus on solving a problem that providers face today.
You’ll be judging the Wearables in Healthcare Pilot Challenge on April 23rd. What does a winning entry look like to you?
Wearables that represent a practical solution solving today’s pain points, especially ones that providers, payers, patients or pharma will recognize as adding value or improving care.
Jenni Whalen is the Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy. She was previously MedTech Boston's Managing Editor and has an MS in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Whalen has written for Greatist, Boston magazine, AZ Central Healthy Living and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other places. She has also worked as a conference planner, ghost writer, researcher and content developer.
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