The wearable medical devices market is built on the growth of IoT, which will connect wearables such as Apple Watch and Android Wear to sophisticated biometric devices in order to monitor health conditions and share data.
As such, its growth is the dependent on the development of secure and efficient data sharing methods. The data collected by devices is highly sensitive and personal and is currently stored within the device, leaving it vulnerable to hacking and malicious use. Biometric measures are the main security mechanism for wearables and by 2020, 100% of wearables will have biometric capabilities.
However, biometric data can be hacked and once possessed, will be permanently usable as unlike passwords, fingerprints and faces do not fundamentally change. As such, it can present a massive security risk and is better suited to being a supplement rather than a primary security measure.
Given that wearable medical devices collect at least 250,000 data points a day, they can be powerful tools for learning about health and developing algorithms. For example, researchers at Stanford hopes to create an algorithm to predict illness from data provided by wearables.
As Telehealth gains momentum, the wearable medical device market will own a greater significance in the medical supply chain. Through wearable medical devices, doctors can remotely track a patient's health and progress. This revolutionizes individual treatment but also positions the industry to be able to do things like virtual clinical trials.