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

Maulik Majmudar, MD

maulikDr. Majmudar is the Associate Director of the Healthcare Transformation Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital. He’s also an instructor at Harvard Medical School and the Chief Clinical Officer of Quanttus.

What’s the biggest challenge facing wearables in healthcare? “Over the past 2 years, wearables have evolved from simple actigraphy monitors to more sophisticated sensing devices, which include sleep and heart rate monitoring. However, these metrics are still very much geared towards wellness applications, and not intended for clinical use. They have not undergone rigorous clinical validation, both for efficacy and safety, and furthermore they have not validated clinical workflow implementation. In addition, there is no reimbursement system in place to pay for these solutions and services.”

Where’s the biggest potential for wearables in healthcare? “Next generation wearables will include capabilities for sensing vital signs such as blood pressure and oxygen saturation. Wearables have the ability to provide hands-free telemedicine (e.g. Google Glass), which may serve as a great tool for remote diagnosis for surgeons, neurologists and cardiologists. Wearables also have the potential to transform patient-provider interaction and aid in hands-free (audio and video-based) electronic documentation.”

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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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