How Wellness Programs Must Evolve
Summary: Last month a diverse group of experts gathered in New York for a roundtable discussion on “redefining workplace wellness.” The group spanned academia, the health professions and corporate America and while their conclusions weren’t necessarily groundbreaking, they were nonetheless insightful and thought-provoking. The Global Wellness Institute organized the meeting and they’ve just released a report summarizing the discussion. Andrew Mcilvaine includes some of the highlights in his blog, including the impact and future of wearables and health technology.
Fitness Trackers: Trend or Tool?
Summary: Move over, wristwatch, there’s a new accessory in town and it’s sleek, functional and wildly popular. Wearable fitness devices—think FitBit, Garmin, Jawbone, Apple Watch—are strapped around the wrists of people everywhere, tracking their every move. University of Rochester’s Lori Barrette’s discussion with UR Medicine family physician Dr. Michael Mendoza, she asks if they’re a trend, a status symbol, or a useful wellness tool.
NeuroMetrix's forthcoming app may require FDA approval
Summary: The Food and Drug Administration has said it doesn’t want to get involved with health-related apps. A forthcoming product from NeuroMetrix, the maker of the Quell device, might change that. Quell, an over-the-counter device that uses electrical nerve stimulation to manage pain. More details in this article from Erika Morphy
Digital health: Moving toward a healthcare revolution
Summary: Runners were the first to discover the potential of wearable devices several years ago. They started using watches and pedometers to measure steps, location and heart rate. As technology became increasingly sophisticated, early technology adopters and fitness enthusiasts followed suit. Today, nearly 75 percent of adults are using a fitness tracker. And, it is projected that about 120 million wearable devices will be sold by 2018. The eventual future of healthcare is one in which most patients will be hyper-connected to a network of devices and generating an astounding amount of data. More details in this article from Ryan Beckland
Apple Debuts at the Number Two Spot as the Worldwide Wearables Market Grows 223.2% in 2Q15, Says IDC
Summary: In its first appearance in the wearables market, Apple finds itself within striking distance of the established market leader, Fitbit. Anytime Apple enters a new market, not only does it draw attention to itself, but to the market as a whole. The article from BusinessWire provides more details on the current trends and market share in the wearables industry
Can digital fitness trackers get you moving?
Summary: The study’s researchers wanted to see if digital fitness trackers would increase physical activity among older women. Heidi Godman discusses the results of this study by American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM).
Wearable devices pose data security problems
Summary: While wearables have become quite popular, they do pose some risk to employers regardless of the company’s stance on wearables. If an employer will issue wearables to some or all employees, questions are being asked on what they plan to do with the data that is collected and how will they keep it secure? Jeffrey Labarge with Rochester Business Journal discusses this in more detail.
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