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Doctors Raise Skepticism About Usefulness of Wearable Medtech

Medical wearables are being touted as the next big medtech trend and as devices that will promote preventative medicine and fitness. But some physicians are beginning to voice their doubts about the usefulness of these devices beyond being mere gimmicks or convenient Christmas presents, according to an article on our sister site, MD+DI Online .

A number of doctors are expressing concerns not only about the usefulness of the data wearable devices like FitBits are collecting, but also about privacy issues that could be sparked by their use, according to the article by MD+DI Online Senior Editor Arundhati Parmar.

One physician, speaking at the recent Partners HealthCare Connected Health Symposium in Boston, dismissed wearable medical devices as little more than trendy holiday gifts that “solve a problem called December.”

“Because in December you want to give someone a present and a FitBit is about the right price,” said Dr. Robert Pearl, executive director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, part of Kaiser Permanente, according to a report in Mobile Health News.

Physicians are beginning to raise skepticism about the usefulness of wearable fitness and medical devices like the FitBit.  (Source: FitBit)

Physicians are beginning to raise skepticism about the usefulness of wearable fitness and medical devices like the FitBit.

Pearl said that recording continuous traces of someone’s heart rhythm and keeping that inside a medical record is not information that particularly interests doctors, a notion that should be considered seriously and carefully by designers and developers of new digital health devices and solutions, according to the MD+DI article.

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