Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wearable Medical Technology


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A few month's ago we announced MedStar’s recent partnership with 1776, a platform that serves as a global hub for entrepreneurs and start-up companies tackling major challenges in education, energy, health care, government, and other critical industries.

In a more recent blog post I shared that as a part of the partnership, MedStar played a prominent role in 1776’s annual “Challenge Cup”, an annual global start up competition spanning 16 citites around the world to identify the most promising start-ups tackling the challenges in education, energy, health and cities. To read the full article click here.

1776 recently published a very interesting article on the “Wearable Technology” trend. In the article the CEO of angelMD, discuss the wearable medical technology trend and describe how quickly it is growing. However, they also warn that “Until wearable technology is smart enough to synthesize all of the information included in a thorough history and physical, these devices will fall short of making accurate and safe recommendations.” In other words, right now it is a consumer product but not yet connected to the medical records and doctors but when it is, I think it will be revolutionary.

I also agree with the article when it suggests that the best thing physicians can do to "adapt to this growing trend is to help patients, founders, investors, and companies learn the usefulness and limitation of the devices and their associated data outputs."  That's why I continue to wear my FitBit (and have my Fitbit Fun!)

You can read the full article here:

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