Paper: How Wearable Computing Is Shaping Digital Health

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The newest issue of IEEE Pervasive Computing features the article ‘How Wearable Computing Is Shaping Digital Health’, illustrating how the recent progress on medical wearables creates opportunities for personalized healthcare, disease prevention, and wellness applications. The article further discusses the prominent role of wearable technology for health-related behavior and environmental exposure assessment in free living (called the health-behaviorome and exposome respectively), which complements classical clinical and biological data.


Wearable computing enables more personalized healthcare through a distributed information sharing model that puts patients and users rather than providers, insurers, and other industry stakeholders at the center. It also fosters the creation of new health knowledge and more effective prevention and treatment techniques by integrating vital-sign data, health-related behavioral data, and environmental-exposure data with clinical and genetic data. Realizing the promise of wearables and digital health, however, will require multiple parallel technological advances.


Oliver Amft, "How Wearable Computing Is Shaping Digital Health", IEEE Pervasive Computing, IEEE Xplore, January 2018.

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Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg