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Wearable Technology in Healthcare – Thematic Research

Wearables have the potential to transform healthcare through the ability to remotely measure and analyse patient data in real-time. In addition to health and wellness, they have their greatest potential in healthcare to address spiralling healthcare costs, aging populations, and the burden of chronic disease across the globe.

The integration of wearable tech with augmented reality (AR), Big Data, artificial intelligence (AI), and cloud computing solutions, as well as the falling prices of sensors, open-source application programming interfaces (APIs), frameworks, and libraries, is enabling faster and more cost-effective solutions within the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem.

This report provides an assessment of the key technological, regulatory, and macroeconomic themes impacting how wearable technologies are being used in healthcare today, and how wearables are expected to affect the healthcare sector within the next five to ten years.


GlobalData’s Wearable Technology in Healthcare report combines primary research from a cross-specialty panel of experts with in-house analyst expertise to provide an assessment of the wearables development landscape

Components of the report include:

• Key Players —the big players in the wearables industry and where they sit in the value chain.

• Trends in the Wearables Industry — key trends driving the wearables industry classified into four key categories: wearables use case trends, wearables technology themes, wearables macroeconomic themes and wearables regulatory themes

• Industry Analysis and Impact of Wearables in Healthcare — key wearables applications in the healthcare industry including case studies demonstrating how healthcare companies are using wearables for improved outcomes.

• Value Chain – the wearables applications in the healthcare industry, highlighting the market drivers and barriers

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Table of Contents

1 Table of Contents

1.1 List of Tables

1.2 List of Figures

2 Industry Players

3 Industry Trends

3.1 Wearable Technology in Healthcare Use Case Trends

3.1 Technology Themes

3.2 Macroeconomic Themes

3.3 Regulatory Themes

4 Value chain

4.1 IoT Value Chain

4.1.1 App Layer, Apps, and Conversational Platforms

4.1.2 Connectivity Layer

4.1.3 Data Layer

4.2 Device Layer

4.2.1 Hearables

4.2.2 Smartwatches

4.2.3 VR & AR Smart Glasses

4.2.4 Fitness Trackers

4.2.5 Smart Wear/ Clothing

4.2.6 Skin Patches

4.2.7 Diagnostic and Therapeutic Wearable Devices

5 Industry Analysis

5.1 Traditional Definition of a Wearable Technology Device

5.2 Key Opinion Leader Definition of Wearable Tech

5.3 Market Size and Growth Forecasts

5.4 Smartwatches are the Leaders of Wearable Technologies, Followed by Fitness Trackers

5.5 Hearables Represent a Larger Market Size, While Smart Clothes Witness Faster Adoption

5.6 Outside Smartwatches and Fitness Trackers: Other Wearables as Medical Devices

5.6.1 Cardiology Wearables

5.6.2 Diabetes Wearables

5.6.3 Neurology Wearables

5.6.4 Unmet Needs

5.7 Market Drivers

5.7.1 The Aging Population

5.7.2 Focus on Patient-Centered Care

5.7.3 Growing Popularity of Health and Wellness

5.7.4 The Trend Towards Personalized Preventative Care

5.7.5 Growing Population of Technology Users

5.7.6 Improving Technology

5.7.7 Focus on Big Data

5.7.8 Emerging Markets

5.8 Market Barriers

5.8.1 High Cost of Wearables

5.8.2 Reimbursement Challenges

5.8.3 Perception of Poor Data Quality

5.8.4 Lack of Clinical Evidence Supporting Many Wearables

5.8.5 Regulation Slows Down the Pace of Innovation

5.8.6 Privacy Concerns

5.8.7 Technology Barriers

5.9 Competitive Analysis

5.10 Deals: Mergers and Acquisitions

5.11 Deals: Strategic Alliances

5.12 Timeline

5.13 Healthcare Case Studies

5.13.1 Smarter Surgical Recoveries with Wearables (IBM)

5.13.2 Moving towards “Virtual” Clinical Trials

5.13.3 Advancements in Epilepsy Management with Wearable Technology (Empatica)

5.13.4 Advancements in Diabetes Management with Wearable Technology

5.13.5 The “Gold Standard” – Scandinavia

5.13.6 Remote Patient Monitoring and Vulnerable Patient Populations: Proteus and DTx

5.14 Final Remarks

6 Companies Section

6.1 Tech Companies

6.2 Wearable Technology Companies – Healthcare

7 Glossary

8 Appendix: Our “Thematic” Research Methodology

8.1 Traditional Thematic Research Does a Poor Job of Picking Winners and Losers

8.2 Introducing GlobalData’s Thematic Engine

8.3 This Is How It Works

8.4 How Our Research Reports Fit into Our Overall Research Methodology

8.5 About GlobalData

8.6 Primary Research – KOLs Interviewed for This Report

8.6.1 KOLs

8.7 About the Authors

8.7.1 Digital Healthcare Analyst

8.7.2 Medical Device Analyst

8.7.3 Senior Director, Market Research

8.7.4 Global Head and EVP of Healthcare Operations and Strategy

8.8 Contact Us

8.9 Disclaimer

List of Tables

Table 1: Wearable Technology in healthcare Use Case Trends

Table 2: Technology Themes

Table 3: Macroeconomic Themes

Table 4: Regulatory Themes

Table 5: Top Hearables

Table 6: Top Smartwatches

Table 7: Top AR/VR Smart Glasses

Table 8: Top Fitness Trackers

Table 9: Top Smart Wear/ Clothing

Table 10: Top Skin Patches

Table 11: Tech M&A

Table 12: M&A,Companies involved in Digital Health

Table 13: Strategic Alliances

Table 14: Tech Companies

Table 15: Healthcare Wearable Companies

Table 16: Glossary

List of Figures

Figure 1: Who Are the Leaders and Challengers in the Global Wearable Technology Industry?

Figure 2: Wearable Technology Within the IoT Value Chain

Figure 3: Wearable Technologies Revenue to Grow More than Double Within Five Years

Figure 4: Smartwatches to Witness Steady Increase in Market Share Between 2018 and 2023

Figure 5: Smartwatch Ownership is Expected to Increase

Figure 6: Smartwatches and Fitness Trackers to Propel Wearable Tech Revenue

Figure 7: The Market Potential for Apps Connected to Medical Wearables Is Increasing

Figure 8: Unmet Needs

Figure 9: Unmet Needs

Figure 10: The Top Five Companies Collectively Commanded Almost 70% of the Global Wearables Market in 2018

Figure 11: Apple Are Leaders Across Multiple Geographies

Figure 12: Timeline

Figure 13: TracPatch Device

Figure 14: ActiGraph Activity Monitor

Figure 15: Empatica Embrace Smartwatch

Figure 16: PKvitality Watch (Left) and K’apsul, Using SkinTaste Technology (Right)

Figure 17: Proteus System with Ingestible Sensor, Patch and Mobile Application

Figure 18: Five-Step Approach for Generating a Sector Scorecard


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