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Future Today Institute's 2021 Tech Trend Report - Health, Medical and Wearables

"Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) uses digital technologies, the internet, and the cloud to collect medical data from patients in one area and transmit it for assessment by providers working somewhere else."

Advancements in diagnostic testing and remote monitoring, supported by cloud computing, machine learning, and low-cost technology, are upending tradi... view more

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Overview: Smartphones and smartwatches now take blood pressure readings and perform electrocardiograms, using apps approved by the Food and Drug Administration. 

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Summary: COVID-19 accelerated the adoption of telemedicine visits, which spurred a new digital transformation effort in health care.  At-home lab tests will increase and disrupt diagnostic companies and drugstore retailers with clinics.

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Scenario - Mid-future Neutral Scenario​: In the wake of COVID-19, schools, offices, and even homeowners began using biometric scanning systems to determine whether someone is sick—and to grant or deny them entry.

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Scenario - Mid-future Pessimistic Scenario: Companies are beginning to add chief health officers to the C-suite, to direct strategy for employee wellness and consumer health.

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Scenario - Near-Future Optimistic Scenario: At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people went in search of high-quality masks that would prevent viral transmission and also collect air quality data.

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Scenario - Near-Future Neutral Scenario: Consumers can currently choose among more than 1,000 wearable devices, including watches, earbuds, adhesive, and pocket-size sensors, headbands, fabrics, and others.

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Expert Insight and Key Questions: Just as climate change cannot be solved by the energy industry alone, health assurance cannot be solved by the healthcare delivery industry alone. 

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