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The Wearables in Healthcare Pilot Challenge Judges on Winning Ideas & Wearable Trends

Naomi Fried

naomifriedNaomi Fried, PhD, is the Vice President of Medical Information, Innovation and External Partnerships at Biogen Idec. Previously, she was the Chief Innovation Officer at Boston Children’s Hospital.

How will wearables impact healthcare this year?

Until now, wearables have been used predominately for wellness and activity monitoring. This coming year, I expect that wearables will start to be used in clinical applications and over time play a  much larger role in healthcare delivery.

However, wearables must be designed to collect clinically-relevant information and support actual care delivery. I personally see chronic condition management as one of the biggest challenges in healthcare and as an area that has tremendous opportunity for wearables.

You’ll be judging the Wearables in Healthcare Pilot Challenge on April 23rd. What does a winning entry look like to you?

I am looking for an innovative idea that address a real, unsolved problem faced by patients or providers. The winning entry will have strong intellectual property and the potential to have a company built around it.

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Jenni Whalen

Jenni Whalen

    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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