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UL's Anura Fernando Provides "4 Physical Safety Considerations of Medical Wearable Devices" in Medical Design Technology Article

July 17, 2015

By: Anura Fernando, Principal Engineer, UL Medical Software and Systems Interoperability

Medical wearable technology is dramatically changing the healthcare industry, as medical professionals seek to increasingly use this technology to obtain accurate, real-time information about their patients, improving diagnoses and treatments. The global market for wireless health technologies, such as tablet computers, smart phones and other devices to record and retrieve real-time patient information, is expected to reach over $38.5 billion by 2016. Due to significant progress in research and development, medical wearable technology will likely be a large percentage of this growth. At least one estimate puts potential sales for wearable technology devices incorporating advanced body sensors for healthcare applications at more than $1 trillion annually within 20 to 30 years. The growing wearable technology device market offers promising new benefits to medical professionals and their patients. However, the success of the industry depends on ensuring the safety and security of the products. The complexities of medical wearable technology devices could harbor unknown risks and safety concerns, including physical harm to patients.   Click here to read the entire article