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.

Published Mon, Jun 23 2014 4:20 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:16 PM CST

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.

Samsung, Apple and others promote health apps on smartwaches | TweakTown.com

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.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

Newsletter Subscription

Related Tags

Newsletter Subscription
Latest News
View More News
Latest Reviews
View More Reviews
Latest Articles
View More Articles