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IBM Predicts Top 5 Health and Wellness Devices of the Future

Whether connected online, to a PC, gaming device, tablet or smart phone, health and wellness devices will be a key tool in healthcare in the future, according to a new study from IBM.

The survey of more than 1,300 consumers currently using health devices revealed that not only will these devices attract the sick and elderly, but they will also appeal to healthier people who want to achieve wellness goals.

IBM scientists predict that the top five devices of the future will help individuals with the following challenges:

  • Dieting — Devices for dieting will also measure movement, speed and intensity, and engage users if they aren't moving enough or provide a movement task to accomplish. Friends and families will also be alerted to the patients' progress. These devices will also be integrated into tools for monitoring medication adherence, blood pressure and weight.
  • Elder Care — For patients suffering from memory loss or impairment, devices will pinpoint the location of both the user and the caregiver, and provide medication reminders and direct access to caregiver support.
  • Blood monitoring — The advent of a non-invasive blood test will automatically analyze blood via a wristband that will wirelessly transmit data to the patient's doctor. When cholesterol levels spike, iron levels drop or white blood cell counts increase, users will know when to modify their medications, or seek medical attention.
  • Independence and mobility — Devices to keep people ambulatory will increasingly be used to monitor movement. These devices will provide coaching and tasks to improve coordination, range of motion and stability. Devices will alert caregivers if a fall occurs.
  • Communication — New devices that tap brain waves will make it easier for the medically fragile and impaired to express their thoughts and sensations via a digital avatar of the human body.

Conducted by the IBM Institute for Business Value, the study revealed that consumers want health devices that offer greater simplicity and better information sharing. And they are willing to pay for it. More than one third of current device users surveyed expect to contribute to the cost of new health devices over the next two years while 35 percent also expect to pay a monthly service fee.


Source: IBM, June 27, 2011

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