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Medical-Grade Fitness Trackers

Google is Developing Its Own Wearable Health Monitor

— June 24, 2015 — Lifestyle
Google is in the process of developing a medical-grade fitness tracker that will compete with the slew of wearables currently on the market. Focusing on the quality of the data being given to the wearer, it will not only measure vitals like heart rate, pulse, and skin temperature, but also external information like sun exposure.

While other similar products are made with consumers in mind, this medical-grade fitness tracker is intended for clinical trials and will be prescribed to medical patients. The Verge writes, "By doing that, Google will help doctors tackle the problem of reliably tracking the health of their patients away from the hospital. Consumer-grade fitness trackers don't offer the medical-grade accuracy, and patients can be unreliable when it comes to reporting their own vitals."
Trend Themes
1. Medical-grade Wearables - The medical-grade fitness tracker trend is disrupting the healthcare industry by providing doctors with more accurate data to monitor their patients outside of the hospital.
2. Prescription Wearables - The prescription-based approach to wearables is a disruptive innovation opportunity that allows for more personalized and targeted treatment plans.
3. Clinical Trials Monitoring - The use of medical-grade wearables in clinical trials has the potential to streamline data collection and improve the accuracy of study results.
Industry Implications
1. Healthcare - The healthcare industry can utilize medical-grade wearables to monitor patients more accurately and efficiently, improving patient outcomes.
2. Wearable Technology - The wearable technology industry is expanding into the medical-grade market, providing consumers with more reliable and accurate health data.
3. Clinical Research - The clinical research industry can utilize medical-grade wearables to improve data collection and streamline clinical trials.
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