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7/28/2014
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Rodney Brown
Rodney Brown
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Wearable Tech: 5 Healthcare Wins

While most businesses still view wearable computers as little more than toys, healthcare has embraced them. Check out these interesting examples.
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Fitness and exercise
What Nike wrought with Nike+, companies like Fitbit, Jawbone and others have taken to like ducks to water. Not to be left behind, Nike has added the FUEL band to its Nike+ lineup. Unlike the Jawbone UP, which just gathers data for the Jawbone fitness tracking smartphone app, the FUEL band also has a display to show you some of the goals you have achieved while you are in the exercise mode. The gadget also collects all that health data about you, however, which leads to the next use in the healthcare food chain.

Image: mashable.com

Fitness and exercise
What Nike wrought with Nike+, companies like Fitbit, Jawbone and others have taken to like ducks to water. Not to be left behind, Nike has added the FUEL band to its Nike+ lineup. Unlike the Jawbone UP, which just gathers data for the Jawbone fitness tracking smartphone app, the FUEL band also has a display to show you some of the goals you have achieved while you are in the exercise mode. The gadget also collects all that health data about you, however, which leads to the next use in the healthcare food chain.

Image: mashable.com

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SaneIT
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7/30/2014 | 7:42:15 AM
Re: " Wearable Intelligence"
I think the biggest problem with this solution is the patient remembering to put the glasses on.  It would be easier to make wearing them part of your daily routine than say remembering what time you took your last dose of an antibiotic but it will be interesting to see how this all works out.
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7/29/2014 | 5:06:38 PM
Re: Diabetics
@Whoopty, My thoughts are aligned to your thoughts. I am totally stoked about how such breakthroughs can impact people in the medical realm. We are entering into a new era and the possibilities are endless!
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7/29/2014 | 5:03:51 PM
Re: Therapy
@Alison, Thanks for sharing. I really like the idea of having a visual record to monitor progress and to gather data in terms of exploring a possible link between adhering to a physical therapy regimen and progress in condition/diagnosis.
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7/29/2014 | 4:57:46 PM
Re: Diabetics
@Alison_Diana, it really is encouraging to see all of the programs targeting individuals with diabetes. I really appreciate how much awareness has been raised in terms of preventing and treating diabetes. We must continue to spread the word and share the resources.
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7/29/2014 | 4:55:20 PM
Re: great innovations
@Laurianne, Yes, I like the idea too. Warning drowsy drivers is a good thing. Many lives could be spared.
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7/29/2014 | 4:52:50 PM
Re: great innovations
@PedroGonzales, I look forward to hearing about technology advances for individuals that are visually impaired. That would be wonderful! I am all for advances in technology to support those with any kind of impairments or disabilities.
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7/29/2014 | 4:47:29 PM
Re: Apps for wearables
@Susan, I think this is very advantageous for diabetics to use. I know several people with Diabetes and can't wait to share this information with others!
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7/29/2014 | 4:38:43 PM
Re: " Wearable Intelligence"
@SaneIt, I agree. I think it is a great idea, especially for forgetful patients or patients that are lacking their faculties for many varying reasons.
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7/29/2014 | 4:36:31 PM
Re: Is Google really at the center of the healthcare wearables action?
@David Carr, That is good for the consumers. They will be able to shop around and will be able to compare prices.
David F. Carr
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7/29/2014 | 10:16:29 AM
Is Google really at the center of the healthcare wearables action?
I know there is a lot of excitement about Google Glass and apps that go with it, but there are a lot of other companies innovating in this area as well.
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