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Will the smartwatch be the key that unlocks connected health?

Will the smartwatch be the key that unlocks connected health? | Healthcare and Technology news | Scoop.it

The market for wearable technology devices is still in its infancy but consumers are already favoring health and fitness applications.

New Parks Associates research published Tuesday shows that just 9% of US broadband households intend to invest in a smartwatch in 2015 and that 40% of shoppers have set a price limit of $100-$250.


This is "roughly equivalent to a high-end fitness tracker," said Harry Wang, director, Health and Mobile Research, Parks Associates. "We are in the early stages in the likely merger of smartwatch and fitness tracker product categories."


Fitness applications are already proving to be the most popular use cases for smartwatch owners and this could have a huge impact on the future of digital health. 


"The smartwatch is a key entry in the connected health market, which is rapidly becoming more oriented toward the end user," Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates, said. "The adoption rate for connected health devices among U.S. broadband households increased from 24% to 27% over the last year, opening the door for connected device manufacturers as well as service providers to take advantage of the growing consumerization in healthcare."

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Gerard Dab's curator insight, July 16, 2015 8:32 PM

Watches or Cell phones for the connected health market.. #medicoolhc #medicoollifeprotector

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Wearables will cause data breaches in the enterprise, says Good Technology: 2015 Tech Predictions | SiliconANGLE

Wearables will cause data breaches in the enterprise, says Good Technology: 2015 Tech Predictions | SiliconANGLE | Healthcare and Technology news | Scoop.it

2015 will be the year of the smart watch, with compelling offerings arriving on both the Apple and Android platforms. But we will also see popular consumer mobile applications creating huge security issues for the enterprise, with major security breaches happening due to human error. This is all according to Nicko van Someren, CTO of Good Technology, a provider of secure mobility software.

van Someren’s predictions about emerging technologies are all part of our second annual Technology Predictions series in which industry experts share their predictions with us about the hot tech trends that they think will take center stage in 2015. We’ll be sharing all of their predictions with you over the next several days. Read on for more from van Someren.

 

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Prediction No. 1: Human error will lead to more major security breaches

Cyber-attacks are getting more sophisticated and complex. This will continue in 2015 but it appears that many companies are not moving fast enough to keep up and the likely result will be major security breaches. The biggest contributing factor to these security risks will be human error and lack of awareness.

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Prediction No. 2: Consumer technologies will cause security issues for enterprises

Consumer technology will also be a big concern in 2015. Consumer devices and consumer-centric technologies act as a gateway for corporate data to move between controlled, corporate environments and parts unknown. Modern consumer devices are inherently prone to leaks by design because they are built to explicitly make it easy for users to share data. Popular consumer mobile applications can easily move data outside of corporate controls without the user knowing, creating huge security issues for the enterprise.

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Prediction No. 3: 2015 will be the year of the smart watch

2015 will be the year of the smart watch, with compelling offerings arriving on both the Apple and Android platforms. The emergence of new technology will result in the emergence of new security threats and vulnerabilities, putting users’ data at risk. We don’t yet know how hard it will be to break into these devices but we do know that, if hackers can infiltrate your smart watch, then they can potentially make transactions from Apple Pay and, possibly, reach back into the database on your smartphone to capture all sorts of sensitive information.

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Prediction No. 4: Wearables will cause data breaches in the enterprise

As of now, wearables are mainly consumer-driven. Their arrival in the workplace in 2015 is certain but most businesses are woefully unprepared for this. Unless businesses move swiftly to limit how corporate data is delivered to and consumed on these devices, some sort of data breach is inevitable.


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