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Smart wearable sensors and their growing applications in today's healthcare industry

from By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani

The aging U.S. population affected by chronic conditions and the skyrocking healthcare costs forces the U.S. healthcare system to face daunting challenges. There have been many contributing factors in this issue, which are outside of the realm of this article. However, how we will be able to provide quality care to an increasing number of individuals with complex chronic medical conditions and maximize their independence and participation, remains to be an ongoing challenge. One possible way that comes to mind could be to leverage the advances in information technology in micro- and nanotechnologies, sensor miniaturization, smart fabrics as well as remote monitoring in order to increase the independency of an aging population with various degrees of disabilities without letting it become a burden to the healthcare industry. more

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