April 17, 2014 –

According to a new report from ABI Research, integrating consumer wearable health devices will drive healthcare big data adoption as this decade progresses.

This year close to 42 million wearable wireless sports, fitness and wellness devices will ship worldwide.

“As consumers continue to use these devices from players such as Fitbit, Nike, Jawbone and others to track their levels of activity, there is growing impetus to also leverage the data to inform health management and healthcare provision,” analysts with ABI reveal in the new report.
Device collected data is generally open to exporting from devices and their manufacturer delivered data collection apps into third party applications. These often provide preferred scope for additional data from other devices or sources to be viewed within a single app, but increasingly they will provide a gateway into bringing activity data into healthcare provision.

“Millions of people are tracking their levels of activity daily and healthcare providers are increasingly examining ways to leverage this data to improve levels of care and efficiency,” explains ABI Research principal analyst Jonathan Collins.

For more insight into the future of healthcare big data and the thriving young wearables market, check out ABI’s market research service.


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