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February 2016 | Volume 4 Issue 1

Wearable technology in healthcare is out of reach for many

Wearable technology in healthcare is a hot topic right now and the benefits of wearables in terms of helping people improve their health are undeniable. "Wearables can help by keeping both parties [doctors and patients] engaged, by preventing readmission [and] by preventing chronic conditions from reoccurring," said David Chou, former CIO at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. One example is chronic conditions such as diabetes, which the International Diabetes Federation estimates will affect one in 10 adults by 2030. Unfortunately, the populations that tend to struggle with chronic diseases such as diabetes and could benefit from the use of wearables are the people who can't afford them. According to the World Health Organization, more than 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low and middle income countries. In addition, a 2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study shows there is an obesity disparity among varying racial groups in the United States, with the highest rates of obesity in the ...

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