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Are wearables the future of healthcare?

February 29, 2016

 

 

My feet are still feeling the effects of spending three days in Barcelona where, according to my activity tracker, I walked an average of 18,000 steps a day around Mobile World Congress (MWC), one of the largest mobile technology exhibitions on the planet.

 

That’s 8.5 miles a day.

 

Apparently, I also slept for 6 hours and 42 minutes, during which time I burnt off 42 calories and “woke up” 13 times.

 

Great…so what? And that’s my point. 

 

Wearables are a means to an end.  They measure, track and monitor something about me or my environment and they’re doing it faster and with more granularity and accuracy in 2016 than they did in 2015.

 

But what does my step count mean and, more importantly, how does this impact on my future health risk when combined with my other lifestyle factors?  Health is not about measuring a single metric but is rather about collating multiple data points, analysing the degree to which they interact and presenting the information back to the end-user in a timely and relevant way.

 

So, here’s my question: If healthcare is multifactorial, won’t the degree to which wearable devices play a part in the future of healthcare be dependent on organisations such as Quealth who can make sense of the data and drive timely and relevant value back to the consumer?

 

Alistair Wickens - CEO

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