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High In-Clinic Costs and Medical Labor Shortages are Driving the Growth of Wearable Heart Monitoring

The rise of wearable heart monitoring devices is influenced by more than just an aging population prone to chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease; it's part of a larger trend toward the decentralization of healthcare. According to Jason Heikenfeld, Co-Founder and CTO at Kilele Health and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, these devices transform a patient's home into an effective "second clinic". They are generally preferred for their comfort and autonomy. Built on the success of continuous glucose monitors by companies like Dexcom, Abbott, and Medtronic, wearables have proven to improve patient outcomes while alleviating pressure on overburdened medical infrastructure. Heikenfeld suggests that the next frontier for wearables is to expand their monitoring capabilities beyond specific diseases, evolving into comprehensive health monitoring tools. This shift is driven by the need for efficiency, patient preference, and the desire to leverage existing technological advancements to measure other health markers beyond just glucose.

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