Wearable body monitors need standards: experts

HEALTH DEVICES: Taipei Medical University’s Jack Li said that the government should establish standards, so doctors and the general public could trust the data

Taipei Times
Date: May 20, 2019
By: Wu Liang-yi  /  Staff reporter

Standards for wearable devices that monitor body functions should be established, as

Smart watches and wearable health monitoring devices are displayed in Taipei on May 11.
Photo: Wu Liang-yi, Taipei Times

their effectiveness and features, as well as the reliability of their data, are questionable, Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital cardiologist Chang Po-cheng (張伯丞) said.

Wearable health monitoring devices such as fitness wristbands and sports watches are being introduced, with many touting features such as heart rate monitors, pedometers and milometers, as well as functions to estimate calories burned and track sleep.

However, physiological data from such devices seem questionable and should be used for reference only, Chang said.

Proper medical treatment still requires hospital equipment, said Chang, who led a team who developed a wearable device that monitors the heart.    [FULL  STORY]

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