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7/28/2014
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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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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.
Susan Fourtané
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7/29/2014 | 4:42:08 AM
Apps for wearables
The wearable world is geting exciting with so many apps specially developed for wearables. Maybe not many consumers see yet the benefits that Glass and others of the kind are bringing. However, it's in vertical business where the benefits are being seen and more companies accepting wearables. 

Augmented Reality in the surgical space as well as in medical training is going to gain momentum in the next few coming years. 

Google's contact lense for measuring glucose is, indeed, useful for the many diabetics in the world. There is a lot of potential in using a contact lense as a medical wearable. Soon might be able to learn more about other possible uses. 

-Susan
Laurianne
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7/28/2014 | 2:54:00 PM
Re: great innovations
I like the idea of contact lenses that warn drowsy drivers. Think of the accidents that could be prevented.
Alison_Diana
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7/28/2014 | 1:02:30 PM
Re: Diabetics
There are lots of exciting technologies reshaping how patients with diabetes are treated. Not sure if you saw this: 10 Technologies Changing Diabetic Care, but it was really encouraging to see so many programs and organizations targeting this condition. 
Alison_Diana
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7/28/2014 | 1:00:45 PM
Therapy
When I recently wrote about physical therapy, I was surprised to hear there's a dearth of unbiased research about which exercises do and don't work and about the most appropriate age/gender/weight groups, etc., for each exercise and length of time. The integration of technologies, such as the one you show here, plus apps I discussed and EHRs or similar programs could help PTs simply and cost-effectively personalize exercises so they're most effective.

In addition to recording therapists, it's also ideal to record patients. Anyone who's ever suffered through PT (I've done it often!) knows how hard it can be to remember the various exercises -- especially when they hurt! Having a visual record of the correct approach and number of reps is really smart. 
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