Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
Popular media references to the term “wearable technology” have increased dramatically over the past five years. What is wearable technology, and more specifically what is wearable medical technology?
There is no technical definition of wearable technology, however most participants in the field probably agree that a wearable product must meet the following criteria:
- The product must be worn on the user's body for an extended period of time.
- The product should significantly enhance the user's quality of life, health or experience as a result of the product being worn.
- The product must contain advanced circuitry, independent processing capability, and wireless or other connectivity.
Wearable medical technology is a wearable product that is designed to improve the user’s health. This may be accomplished through monitoring of physiological and biological data (e.g., ECG, blood pressure), storage of critical medical information (e.g., medical record), or in the case of SENSUS, delivery of a specific therapeutic benefit such as pain control.