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

Andrey Ostrovsky, MD

andrey-ostrovsky-featured-speakerDr. Ostrovsky is a practicing physician at Boston Children’s Hospital and social entrepreneur who leads Care at Hand’s executive management and strategic vision. He has led teams at the World Health Organization, United States Senate, and San Francisco Health Department toward health system strengthening through technology.

What’s the biggest challenge facing wearables in healthcare? “There isn’t enough evidence of (positive) impact on health. Clinicians and patients alike need more peer-reviewed and digestible data to be able to discern what wearables to use, when, and for what. Most wearables are stuck in capturing a bunch of data, but much of the data is not actionable. Additionally, there’s the issue of the limited purchasing power for patients that need innovative healthcare solutions. This prevents wearables from making a large scale impact on outcomes.”

Where’s the biggest potential for wearables in healthcare? “Decision support to reflect the consumers routine and provide passive reinforcement to gently, consistently change behavior is the true potential (and gap). In terms of hot spots, chronic disease is a great opportunity for wearables, especially in detecting acute or chronic decline. Athletics and sports are great, too, because this environment could benefit from precise data to track and use to improve. And wearables that can connect with other platforms will be a big opportunity to coalesce data feeds into a comprehensive picture of improvable conditions.”

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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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