Wearable Technologies in Clinical and Consumer Health, Forecast to 2020

Potential for Effective Management of Chronic Diseases to Create $30 Billion Market Opportunity

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This research service analyzes the global market for wearable technologies in clinical and consumer health. It discusses in detail how industry convergence and technological innovations are transitioning wearables from simple consumer devices to actionable healthcare applications—specifically in managing targeted chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart failure, arrhythmia, pain, respiratory, and neurological conditions. The final section discusses key challenges on why wearables fail and provides strategic recommendations for future growth opportunities, including emerging business models around healthcare wearable devices and platform services.

Table of Contents

Research ScopeResearch ScopeMarket Definitions and Segmentation Market Definitions and Segmentation Market Definitions and Segmentation (continued)Executive SummaryExecutive Summary—Key Questions this Study Will AnswerExecutive Summary—Market SnapshotThemes for Wearable Applications in HealthcareConsumer vs. Medical-Grade WearablesCommercial Considerations of Consumer vs. Clinical PositioningRole of Wearables in Care DecentralizationRole of Wearables in Transforming HealthcareMedical and Clinical-Grade Wearables—Market Opportunities by ApplicationFuture Perspectives—3 Big PredictionsIntroduction to WearablesMacro Wearables Ecosystem by Major SegmentsTimeline—Evolution of WearablesTransition of Healthcare WearablesWearable Technology Building Blocks Wearables Convergence Potential—Interaction with Top 50 TechnologiesWearables—Vendor LandscapeWearables—Value ChainGlobal Wearables Device Market—Macro OverviewHealthcare Wearables Market ProjectionsMarket Projection for Healthcare Wearables (Consumer and Clinical) Forecast Assumptions for Healthcare WearablesForecast Assumptions for Healthcare Wearables (continued)Forecast Assumptions for Healthcare WearablesScenario Contingent Projections for Healthcare WearablesScenario Contingent Projections for Healthcare Wearables (continued)Healthcare Wearables—Regional Market Split (2015–2020) Healthcare Wearables—Growth Trends by SegmentPricing by Anatomy and SectorMarket Drivers and RestraintsDrivers ExplainedRestraints ExplainedConsumer vs. Medical-Grade WearablesCommercial Considerations of Consumer vs. Clinical PositioningDifferentiating and Avoiding CommoditizationConsumer Health WearablesConsumer Health Wearables—Transition to SmartConsumer Perception—Wearables for Health and WellnessWhich Wearables are Driving Consumer Demand?What Attributes Impede Consumer Adoption for Wearables?5 Key Application Challenges for Smart WearablesLessons from Wearables that FailedLessons from Wearables that Failed (continued) Key Customer Needs from Future TechnologiesStrategy Considerations in Consumer WearablesHealthcare Wearables Going Beyond the Wrist Consumer Electronics and Non-Traditional Participants Entering the Clinical Wearables SpaceSamsung’s Smart Bio-Processor to Address the mHealth MarketQualcomm Life—Powering Continuous Care and Informed Interventions Apple—HealthKit Has Higher Impact than Apple Watch on HealthcareEcosystem Partnerships Drive OpportunityTransition from Products to Services and IntelligenceMedical and Clinical-Grade WearablesMedical Applications for Wearables Must Concurrently Serve Multiple Customer NeedsAdoption Requires Proactive Participation from Providers, Patients, and PayersWearables Potential to Transform HealthcareWearables Enable Care DecentralizationIntegrating Wearable Devices and Services for Customer-Centric Care DeliveryRole of Wearables in Transforming HealthcareFinding the Optimum Marketing Trade-off between Mass and Niche Healthcare WearablesMarket Positioning—Opportunity Strategy Evaluation GridMedical Wearables Opportunity Analysis Biometrics that Can be Tracked by Wearable TechnologiesTop 10 Segments for Medical-Grade WearablesFuture Attractiveness Rating by Segment for Clinical and Medical-Grade WearablesMedical and Clinical-Grade Wearables—Market Opportunities by ApplicationOpportunity Analysis—Multi-Parameter RPMSelected Vendor Profiles—Multi-Parameter RPM WearablesOpportunity Analysis—Heart and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Monitoring WearablesSelect Vendor Profiles—Clinical-Grade AF WearablesOpportunity Analysis—Diabetes and ObesitySelect Vendor Profiles—Minimally Invasive Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) and Insulin Delivery Wearables Select Vendor Profiles—Potential Non-Invasive CGM WearablesOpportunity Analysis—Respiratory and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)Select Vendor Profiles—Respiratory and COPD WearablesOpportunity Analysis—Chronic Pain ManagementSelect Vendor Profiles—Chronic Pain Management WearablesOpportunity Analysis—Sleep DisordersSelect Vendor Profiles—Sleep Disorder WearablesOpportunity Analysis—Neurological and Mental HealthSelect Vendor Profiles—Neurological and Mental Healthcare WearablesSelect Vendor Profiles—Neurological and Mental Healthcare Wearables (continued)Opportunity Analysis—Women’s and Pediatric HealthSelect Vendor Profiles—Pediatric Health WearablesSelect Vendor Profiles—Women’s Health WearablesOpportunity Analysis—Aging in Place (Elderly Care)Select Vendor Profiles—Aging in Place (Elderly Care) WearablesSelected Healthcare Wearables Start-ups to WatchBusiness Model Considerations6 Reasons Why Wearables FailPartnering to Innovate—Beyond Conventional BoundariesWearable and Data-Driven Healthcare Models 2020Healthcare Wearables Business Model: B2B vs. B2CKey ConclusionsFuture Outlook for Wearables in Healthcare 2015–2025Healthcare Wearables—3 Essential Considerations for Future Development5 Competitive Keys for Success in WearablesConclusionsLegal 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