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WHITE PAPER: Wearable medical technologies

The use of wearable devices to track vitals (like heart rate) and activity monitoring has become mainstream with wristbands such as the Apple iWatch and the FitBit, to name just two. The use of wearable devices for detection and prevention of diseases, although less prolific, is also quickly gaining in popularity. The advancement of the technology itself, along with trends toward home care, telehealth and self-monitoring, are resulting in significant growth in this area.

The miniaturization of sensors has played a key role in the development of wearable systems. Furthermore, an increase in aging population and chronic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension, chronic pain, and cardiac disorders, has resulted in higher demand for wearable technology.

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