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Healthcare Wearables: Thoughts from the Experts on Challenges & Potential Breakthroughs

Andrea Ippolito

andreaippIppolito is currently a Presidential Innovation Fellow for the VA and a PhD student in engineering systems at MIT. She’s also the co-founder of Smart Scheduling and a co-lead at MIT’s Hacking Medicine.

What’s the biggest challenge facing wearables in healthcare? “The biggest challenge area for wearables includes the interoperability of data from wearables. Currently, it is challenging getting data from wearables uploaded to a relevant location in electronic medical records that can be utilized at the point of care. For instance, just because the data exists does not been that is viewable in an online location that is consumable for providers and embedded in their workflow. In addition, I think the other challenge is that many wearables have yet to demonstrate health outcomes.”

Where’s the biggest potential for wearables in healthcare? “The hot spots include being able to effectively monitor a patient’s health outside of healthcare settings to track preventative health outcomes for risking risks patients. For instance, if we can curb diabetes or high cholesterol for patients prior to onset, then we can improve their healthcare in the long run and also reduce costs.”

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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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