Smart wearable body sensors for patient self-assessment and monitoring

Geoff Appelboom, Elvis Camacho, Mickey E. Abraham, Samuel S. Bruce, Emmanuel L.P. Dumont, Brad E. Zacharia, Randy D'Amico, Justin Slomian, Jean Yves Reginster, Olivier Bruyère, E. Sander Connolly

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Background: Innovations in mobile and electronic healthcare are revolutionizing the involvement of both doctors and patients in the modern healthcare system by extending the capabilities of physiological monitoring devices. Despite significant progress within the monitoring device industry, the widespread integration of this technology into medical practice remains limited. The purpose of this review is to summarize the developments and clinical utility of smart wearable body sensors. Methods: We reviewed the literature for connected device, sensor, trackers, telemonitoring, wireless technology and real time home tracking devices and their application for clinicians. Results: Smart wearable sensors are effective and reliable for preventative methods in many different facets of medicine such as, cardiopulmonary, vascular, endocrine, neurological function and rehabilitation medicine. These sensors have also been shown to be accurate and useful for perioperative monitoring and rehabilitation medicine. Conclusion: Although these devices have been shown to be accurate and have clinical utility, they continue to be underutilized in the healthcare industry. Incorporating smart wearable sensors into routine care of patients could augment physician-patient relationships, increase the autonomy and involvement of patients in regards to their healthcare and will provide for novel remote monitoring techniques which will revolutionize healthcare management and spending.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number28
JournalArchives of Public Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Appelboom, G., Camacho, E., Abraham, M. E., Bruce, S. S., Dumont, E. L. P., Zacharia, B. E., D'Amico, R., Slomian, J., Reginster, J. Y., Bruyère, O., & Connolly, E. S. (2014). Smart wearable body sensors for patient self-assessment and monitoring. Archives of Public Health, 72(1), [28].