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Samsung, Apple and others promote health apps on smartwaches

Smartwatch manufacturers want to track glucose and other critical medical statistics, saving patients the trouble of pricking their fingers
By: Michael Hatamoto | Wearable Computing News | Posted: Jun 23, 2014 9:20 pm

Technology manufacturers are greatly helping the medical industry by jumping into the smartwatch market, with medical statistics collected in a non-evasive manner. Samsung, Apple, Google, and other companies creating smartwatch technology hope to give customers the chance to track heart rate, calories, blood sugar, and similar data that can be quickly analyzed.




To help make it easier to implement these types of features, medical scientists are being recruited to lend a hand, while they also approach U.S. regulators asking for oversight. There is special interest in glucose monitoring, which could be a market worth more than $12 billion by 2017. There has been a 41 percent increase in diabetes over the past five years, and glucose tracking via smartwatch will help save medical patients the trouble of pricking their fingers.


During a press event to announce the Simband last month in San Francisco, Samsung heavily promoted the ability to actively and accurately track medical data.


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