This story from the Get Old website highlights how wearable tech is ushering in a new era of health care.
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Fitness tracker technology paired with smartphones is expected to change the nature and cost of health care. In a recent article, the Get Old team talked to health and nutrition experts about how health-tracking technology has the potential to transform how consumers manage their well-being.
"In the next year or two (depending on approval by the FDA), many Americans will probably start sporting wristwatches that continuously and passively capture their blood pressure and vital signs with every heartbeat, without even having to press a start button," predicts Eric Topol, a cardiologist at the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, California. "Such wristwatch sensors could do enormous good. By having the equivalent of intensive care unit monitoring on your wrist, hospital rooms – those $4,500-a-night risk zones for serious infections and other complications – can be replaced by our bedrooms."