Wearable Technologies And Mobile Ehealth Applications

1127 WordsApr 18, 20165 Pages
Wearable technologies and mobile eHealth applications have becomes very popular in the recent years. From Fitbit to My eHealth, these technologies are making it easier for people to monitor their lifestyles and health. These technologies are making is easier for people to control their health by having more access to information and the ability to look up their record without having to go into the doctor’s office. With the advancement in these technology, there is also barriers to the deployment of them. I believe the biggest barriers to deployment of wearable technologies and mobile eHealth applications are design, data collection, and lack of interoperability. Discussion Design is a huge barrier to both wearable technologies and…show more content…
Design is a huge factor when deploying wearable technologies and eHealth systems. Unless there is a good design that is not bulky and is easy to use, users will not want to adopt the new product. The second barrier is data collection, with the rise of wearable technology and eHealth applications the collection of data has been increasing. Data collection is the center of all applications and wearables. How is data being used or what is the company storing? This is a huge barrier due to the fact that more people are becoming aware of their personal privacy. With phones your GPS is tracked unless specifically turned off and you are able to get a workout at a click of a button. But with all of this data being collected, are companies only using it for your personal use or are they using it for another matter (Hooge, 2015)? Data collection is a barrier due to the fact that people do not know what the companies are using the data for. Most users of the wearables or eHealth applications do not own their data, the data is instead stored and collected by the companies. Users only get provided with a summary of the data collected while the company has free reign to do whatever they please with it. With the increase of people understanding their privacy and rights, it provides a barrier with wearables and eHealth applications as people want to understand how their data is being used (Piwek, Ellis,
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