"Guest Blog Post: Health Wearables"

Editor’s Note: This is a guest Blog Post from Kelli Tarala. This is the first in a series of blog posts from her about wearable devices and healthcare.Have you seen friends and coworkers wearing wrist bands with blinking lights and wondered what these bracelet-looking things are all about? They are part of the emerging trend in healthcare known as Mobile Health or "Mhealth."These wearable devices can record fitness activities, as well as monitor sleep patterns, body temperature, and hydration levels. Common brands include the Nike® Fuel Band, FitBit®, Jawbone®, and the Microsoft® Band. These wearable devices are gaining in popularity: in a recent research project from summer 2014, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PWC) health research initiative found that awareness of the staggering possibilities of these mobile health devices is rapidly growing.While health wearables are still an emerging technology trend, 56% of survey …

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