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How wearables are disrupting the doctor/patient relationship

February 06, 2019 / Caitlin Stanway-Williams

With the soaring increase of Fitbits and the ever-expanding health features available on the monumentally successful Apple Watch series, health wearables have enjoyed an explosion of popularity over the last few years. By the end of 2019, the market will be worth more than $9.15bn and is projected to almost double in the next three years, reaching an astonishing $18bn by 2021, according to Statista. But beyond their status as the latest "in" technology, health wearables are disrupting the traditional process of caregiving by allowing people to take control of their health data and, more significantly, their health. And this is radically disrupting the relationship between health providers and patients. We talk with Chris Valentine, spokesperson and producer of SXSW Pitch, a startup showcase, which, now in its 11th year, has never experienced such an influx of healthcare startups, about how wearables will shift this relationship, for good. "Wearables are allowing people t...