Wearable Medical Devices Can Raise Issues for Healthcare Professionals

More than 100 million Americans are battling chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, but exciting new technology is being employed to improve the treatment of these conditions. Healthcare professionals are increasingly likely to suggest that patients wear a medical device to monitor their condition.

Such devices and the sophisticated apps that support them are believed to improve care by providing constant monitoring that could potentially save lives. Their use may also reduce healthcare costs by slashing the need for office visits that would otherwise be necessary to monitor a patient’s progress. Wearable medical devices may provide data that can help healthcare professionals understand how a single patient’s multiple chronic conditions interact and support research efforts through anonymized data.

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