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Considering the Patient Perspective When Prescribing Medical Wearables

Wearable devices are a modern marvel.

They teach users exactly how many calories you can burn by running up a flight of stairs, record sleep patterns down to the minute a neighbor’s safety light wakes you up, monitor your heart rate and alert you if anything gets out of whack, and even control your music during a workout.

And that’s not even touching on the medical wearables that patients use to manage chronic conditions.

We’re living in a time when so much information is available on our wrists or in our palms, and these devices are improving the lives and health of users all over the world.

And yet, they’re not perfect.

Which is why we surveyed over 450 U.S. patients who currently use medically-prescribed wearable devices to better understand their experiences.

By recognizing user pain points, healthcare providers who use and prescribe these devices can better prepare patients for incorporating medical wearables into their lives. Doing so will ultimately result in benefits such as efficient patient interactions and more consistent and better outcomes.


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