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Wearable devices with health IT functions poised to disrupt medicine

Fred O'Connor | May 2, 2014
The next innovation in health care may come from Silicon Valley.

Ultimately, people want well-designed, reliable consumer products that fit into their lifestyles — areas that Apple, Samsung and Google specialize in, Blum said.

"Who anticipates Apple developing something that is ugly that no one wants to wear?" Blum said.

The major tech companies have an opportunity to make a big impact on medicine, because if health IT wearable devices really take off, health care won't function the same way.

"We're on the precipice of an absolute sea change of how medicine works," Docktor said. "It's going to open up the window for more preventative care, more remote care and better monitoring of patients outside of the hospital because that's generally where 99.9 percent of their time is hopefully spent."


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