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The health technology field deliberately and progressively matures, and as the industry ages, it welcomes the development of new mechanisms, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, organizational systems and procedures to boost quality of lives and iron out health problems. Let’s take a look at the (recent) past, present and future of health technology, particularly wearable tech.

Within recent years, tech has played a truly impressive role in improving health. Wearable technology (ex. Fitbit)  and mobile customized applications that focus on mental health (ex. ThriveOn) have been wildly successful, and the creation of valuable devices has translated to lives saved and crises averted.

The past year alone witnessed the development of truly tremendous tech. Years prior brought us the Suspnd shoe, produced by Plantiga, a Canada-based company. The impressive “bio-sensing” shoe technology is one that offers it’s users real-time data regarding weight distribution and movement patterns. That data can be used in collaboration with other mobile applications, yielding diagnostics that focus on improving sports performance. Additionally, this footwear can also be instrumental for those who suffer from plantar fasciitis, musculoskeletal problems, as well as a number of other conditions.

The year 2014, also introduced the devices such as Sensible Baby, Scanadu Scout, and Kinsa, which is used in tandem with a smartphone to provide degree-by-degree changes in temperature, as well as insight on the health issues popular within a particularly community. However, fortune 500 companies and new startups alike brought innovations in health technology in 2015, such as Holograms and Nanobots. However, you might wonder what are some predictions for the future?

Forbes wrote a lengthy piece on healthcare predictions for 2016, indicating the next generation of medical or clinical wearables, with its advanced analytical and sensory abilities, will become a $6 billion market. This is very likely, particularly with the upcoming release of  Kokoon in-ear sleep headphones and the rebranded Google Life Science application. Also, interesting fact, approximately 74 percent of online American adults will likely purchase health and fitness technology in the next 12 months.