Over 106 million wearable medical devices in 2016

Wearables for training and fitness are one of the most widely spread IoT application areas among the public. But wearables for medical and possible disease prevention purposes are catching up fast.

According to a recent report from Future Market Insight, over 106 million wearable medical devices will be shipped in 2016 and this market will continue to grow during upcoming years. This growth is mainly driven by demands for user-friendly and self-monitoring devices, increasing health awareness, increasing prevalence of conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease and associated morbidity and mortality rates. New innovations and features in smartphone app connectivity are also major factors in the growth.

"Wearable monitoring and diagnostic devices will continue to witness the highest demand in 2016, followed by wearable therapeutic medical devices."

It is thrilling to think of what we could see in this area in the future. One thing is for sure, connected medical devices really have the potential to improve the quality of our lives. Stay tuned at IAR Connect for more interesting stories, impressions and observations!