Medical Device and Diagnostics Industry
Much maligned for tracking trivial metrics like steps and sleep, wearables could finally find meaningful clinical applications next year thanks to more sophisticated sensors and advanced analytics.
“We’re now seeing the first generation of wearable technologies,” explains Brian Williams, a member of PricewaterhouseCoopers’s global healthcare strategy team.
Next year, Stephanie Kreml, chief medical officer at healthcare analytics company Accordion Health and an advisor at life science consultancy Popper and Co., predicts improved analytics will close the loop on wearables and help doctors see the light.
Companies including iRhythm Technologies, with its Zio XT Patch, and Medtronic, with its Seeq Mobile Cardiac Telemetry System, have already launched clinical-grade wearable heart monitoring systems paired with analytics software, and more companies are likely to follow with solutions for other disease states.