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Healthc Q. 2016;18(4):62-5.

Micro Data: Wearable Devices Contribute to Improved Chronic Disease Management.

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PhD candidate in the Philosophy Department at the University of Waterloo, where her research focuses on areas in medical ethics.
Practicing bioethicist at Humber River Hospital, Member of Canadian Association of Practicing Health Care Ethicists and affiliated with Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto.


Issues involving chronic disease prevention and management (CDPM) are prevalent in today's aging society, and suggestions for improvement are essential to treat this patient demographic effectively. This article addresses the use of wearable devices for the medical community to improve CDPM by relying on the accumulation of micro data. For the patient, we recognize that these devices can be an effective tool to facilitate real-time monitoring of their vital signs and activity levels. With real-time monitoring and earlier responses, individuals can benefit by preventing, delaying or reducing exacerbations of chronic diseases. Use of these devices also has great benefit to the person and has the potential to decrease the individual's emergency room visits, hospital admissions and re-admissions. As patients and their healthcare providers work together to identify cumulative trends in their micro data, transitions in care planning will be enhanced, further contributing to improved chronic disease management.

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