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SXSW Interactive 2016

Wearables: Saving Lives, Improving Outcomes

Wearable tech is becoming a mainstream consumer product, with an explosion of fitness trackers and smart watches hitting the market. Most wearable tech is worn by, and designed for, healthy, fit people. The real impact, however, of wearables comes when you apply them to healthcare, especially for the chronically ill and elderly. Patients can track their vital signs 24/7 and be alerted to potential life-threatening issues, while elderly patients can use wearables to remain living at home independently for longer. However medical wearable tech is still in its infancy, despite this huge potential impact it could have on patients. Why is this and what can be done to optimise this opportunity?

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  1. How can wearable technology be used to save and improve patient’s lives?
  2. Why has the healthcare industry been so slow to maximise the opportunity presented by wearable tech?
  3. What can be done to speed up the use of this technology to benefit patient’s lives?



Alexandra Fulford, Consultant, Pharmaguapa

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