Commentary: Is Wearable Fitness Technology a Medically Approved Device? Yes and No
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Wearable technologies, i.e., activity trackers and fitness watches, are extremely popular and have been increasingly integrated into medical research and clinical practice. To assist in optimizing health, wellness, or medical care, these devices require collaboration between researchers, healthcare providers, and wearable technology companies in order to clarify their clinical capabilities and educate consumers on the utilities and limitations of the wide-ranging wearable devices. Interestingly, activity trackers and fitness watches often track both health/wellness and medical information within the same device. In this commentary, we will focus our discussions regarding wearable technology on (1) defining and explaining the technical differences between tracking health, wellness, and medical information; (2) providing examples of health and wellness compared to medical tracking; (3) describing the potential medical benefits of wearable technology and its applications in clinical populations; and (4) elucidating the potential risks of wearable technology. We conclude that while wearable devices are powerful and informative tools, further research is needed to improve its clinical applications.
Scheid, J. L., Reed, J. L., & West, S. L. (2023). “Commentary: Is Wearable Fitness Technology a Medically Approved Device? Yes and No.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(13), 6230. doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20136230