Health and Fitness Wearables

Heath Houston, President of Vigor Health Technologies based in United States participates in Risk Roundup to discuss Health and Fitness Wearables.

Overview

The science and technology advances in wireless communication and sensor networks have enabled the design of affordable, accessible, smart and small medical sensor nodes that can be strategically placed near the human body, on human body and perhaps inside the human body.

With the improving effectiveness in design, these smart medical sensor wearables create a wireless human body area network that can monitor various physiological vital signs for a long period of time to provide real-time feedback to the patients and physicians.

This emerging real- time potential and promise of human health wearables is on its way to revolutionize human health monitoring, and bring healthcare much-needed transformation, in the way they do many things.

As the potential of human health wearables is likely to lead healthcare industry to a future of countless possibilities, it is important to evaluate not only how health and fitness wearables will fundamentally transform human healthcare, but also what complex security challenges it brings to patients and physicians.

  • What is the future of healthcare monitoring?
  • How are human health wearables shaping healthcare services?
  • What is the future of health monitoring services?
  • What are the current trends?
  • What will be the impact on health and fitness wearables?
  • How big is the wearables market?
  • Who are the major players?
  • How will they change the healthcare landscape in the coming years?
  • What is the true potential of wearables?
  • What is the functional potential of wearable technology?
  • What new ecosystems will likely emerge?
  • What improvements are necessary?
  • How will wearable device become a valuable tool for healthcare?
  • How is fashion integration with wearable technology explored for healthcare?
  • Are nanotech powered wearables a possibility for healthcare?
  • What kind of wearables are available for emotional health?
  • Will the healthcare consumers be able to set permissions in their settings as to who, what, where and when they can be monitored?
  • Will the health and fitness wearables tell individuals as to a summary of their daily tracking activities and where they need to improve etc.
  • Will the health and fitness wearables be able to converge with smart homes, smart cars etc?
  • What are some innovations that will transform health and fitness wearable technology?
  • How can low power requirements be achieved for wearables battery?
  • What impact will we see because of the potential of self-powering systems on the state of wearables technology?
  • What are some interesting wearable technology that we see today across nations?
  • What is the state of wireless networks with reference to wearables?
  • What are the current issues and obstacles that needs to be overcome for health and fitness wearables?
  • What are the challenges that limit their usefulness?
  • What efforts are made to understand and manage the health and fitness wearables security risks?
  • What allows the security vulnerabilities of the mobile networks today that puts health and fitness wearables at risk?
  • How can security risks be prevented or managed?
  • Are there any initiatives to build the security in the healthcare wearables network?
  • Why is there a growing concern that security in health and fitness wearables will be more challenging?
  • What are the basic questions revolving around health and fitness wearable security at the moment?
  • What are the Security implications of healthcare wearables?
  • What “Security” challenges will emerge from a large number of connected healthcare wearables devices?
  • Are there any requirements that health and fitness wearable technology needs to meet?
  • What should the standards of health wearables look like?
  • Are there any manufacturing guidelines for health and fitness wearables?
  • Are there any regulatory standards or other guidelines that needs to be met for health and fitness wearable technology?

Conclusion

As we enter a new age, where connected technology will not only be applied as wearables on human bodies but will soon be merged with them for many different applications inside the human body and or near the human body, it is important that we evaluate its associated security risks. Time is now to talk about security risks!


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About the Guest

Heath Houston, is the President of Vigor Health Technologies based in United States.

His goal is that everyone should be able to afford a wearable to assist with their long-term health and fitness. To accomplish this goal, four years ago in the US, he launched Nuband, a global fitness wearable brand that has become a mainstay in the mid-tier retail distribution channel with retailers such as JCPenney, Sears, and Boscov’s. Due to our success with Nuband, they created two divisions – Nuband Team and Vigor Health Technologies.

About Vigor Health Technologies

Vigor Health Technologies – is a Smart Home Health Technologies company. Through a suite of products, Vigor Health will combine wearable technology, real time video/audio,and far-field voice recognition with an integrated software platform to allow concerned family members, in home health care agencies, and health care providers to monitor and interact with those requiring assistance with independent living. Additionally, we are partnering with health technology companies to assimilate our wearables into their medical and wellness software platforms.

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