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

Sachin Jain, MD

sachinDr. Jain is the Chief Medical Officer at CareMore. He was previously the Chief Medical Information & Innovation Officer at Merck & Co. and he has an MD and MBA from Harvard University.

What’s the biggest challenge facing wearables in healthcare? “The biggest challenges for using wearables are adherence to use and integration with clinical workflow. These two challenges are inextricably linked as patients will use the devices if they believe that someone is using the results from their use of these devices to make clinical decisions. There are a number of promising startup companies (like Koneksa and Ginger.io) that are working to address these issues but they are big thorny issues not for the faint of heart!”

Where’s the biggest potential for wearables in healthcare? “Behavior change and decision support. I am bullish on the opportunity for wearables to drive real behavior change, reinforcing healthy behaviors and discouraging unhealthy ones. The key to success here will be the quality of the decision support to users – to help them integrate meaningful, personally relevant feedback into their lives. I also believe that wearables can be a bridge to the vision of the high touch, low cost interface between health care providers and patients that we so desperately need.”

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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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