CONNECTED HEALTH CONFERENCE • Boston, MA • October 25-27, 2017
While some might consider activity trackers and other wearables passé, these companies are creating new ways to impact health. While the original use of wearables, like fitness trackers, were primarily to count steps and later to monitor heart rate and other measures. Some users stop using the trackers after a few weeks.
Now we are now entering into the next phase of wearables and smart watches for health. Rather than being limited to steps taken or calories burned, smart watches are becoming a platform for disease management. One example is Fitbit’s new smartwatch receiving data from a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). This will enable people with Type 1 Diabetes to monitor their blood glucose on a regular basis by just looking at their watch. Smart watches are also moving into research to monitor symptoms. An Apple Watch app is now being tested to predict and prevent heart disease.