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Wearables are Exploding (Not Literally!) and Transforming the Medical Device Industry


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Smart wearables are turning into a largely profitable industry. From glucose monitoring, to sleep technology, to fitness apps, the number of wearable medical devices on the market are continuing to grow and in turn, help the lives of people - with or without ailments. Many of these devices are meant to ease daily life and prevent invasive and potentially harmful procedures for patients all over the world. This technology also encourages wearers to be actively involved in bettering their own health behaviors.

These innovative devices typically fall into the three categories below.

Mobile Medical Applications: Make Sure uChek with FDA

The latest mobile medical application news on the industry's collective mind is the issuance of an "It has come to our attention..." letter sent to Biosense Technologies in India, essentially questioning why Biosense has not obtained 510(k) clearance for their uChek mobile application. The device is a mobile medical application for phones that takes a picture of urinalysis strips and compares the color against a standard to make a determination about the status of a patients urine. It also includes a box that controls external light to ensure better quality of the results. From a "fan" standpoint, it's an awesome device and technology. You can see it demo-ed during the TED talk given by the company's CEO.

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