When you’re as dedicated to physical fitness as XBOSoft CEO Philip Lew, you develop a wearables habit. After being an early adopter to Google Glass, he has also used devices to track runs when training for Bay to Breakers, casual bike rides, and even his commute to work.

Wearing a Pebble fitness tracker to monitor the bike ride.

Gearing up for a run with green smoothie and gps-equipped fitness wearable.

 

Management at companies across the country have similar mindsets. A workplace trend that’s been gaining popularity in recent years includes promoting worker fitness through office yoga and bike challenges. Wearables help track their progress, monitor calories burned, and remind them to get moving if they’ve been sitting at their desk for too many hours.

With changes to the Affordable Care Act coming soon, there is likely going to be an flourishing new interest in wearables, as more people take control of their health through fitness trackers. And you bet security of their devices will be on people’s minds as they use them more and more.

 

Where the Trend Leads Us

We’re in the midst of the Internet of Things era, and — through data collection — personal devices let us be more conscious of every aspect of our lives than ever before. We have to be aware of the data our wearable devices are collecting and be sure that info is secure. Much like the health care industry writ large.

We have a lot of thoughts about this flourishing trend, and want to discuss this future with you. Come talk to us at our upcoming tradeshow appearances. At DeveloperWeek Feb. 11-16 in San Francisco, and Feb. 19-23 at the health-focused HIMSS in Orlando, Florida. Then, we’ll be back in Orlando in April for Telehealth 2.0.

And, stay tuned, as we’ll have a new White Paper published soon on Mobile devices and their intersection with the Internet of Things era.

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