One of the key opportunities of wearables, sensors and other devices is the effortless capturing of detailed longitudinal healthcare data to monitor individuals’ progress.
These massive amounts of generated data has the potential to improve insights into health risks, outcomes, performance and to take prescriptive actions. All the amount of information collected on individuals, patients or not, can offer an unprecedented potential to generate insights into human behaviour, clinical decision support, disease surveillance, and population health management.
One of the current key challenges is, that this generated information lives in silos outside the healthcare system and is non-actionable. So the already discussed standardization and integration remains a key barrier. Transforming wearables into a two-way communication device with a healthcare professional or population health manager on the other end will be essential for future adoption and to maximize the utility for those with chronic diseases to help outcomes.
Another key concerns in regards to wearables is the importance to establish validity and reliability as comparisons between various wearable devices have shown large variations in accuracy between different devices.
Privacy and security issues have been always an important part of healthcare however, the earlier policies and practices that relate to privacy may be insufficient at a time when more and more self-generated data relevant to health are being generated.