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This chapter not only gives a final overview of the main topics covered in the book but also presents a taxonomy for the classification of wearable devices that was proposed, and the literature review identified papers whose authors applied SWOT analysis to this market by examining their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and some of the major threats they face. Such work gives insights on the primary areas of innovation in wearable healthcare, which include infant safety and care, elderly care, chronic disease management, military support, sports medicine and preventive medicine.This is certainly vital to the widespread implementation and success of the wearable healthcare technology, as it is an important step towards enhancing the interaction of wireless body-area networks (BANs) (WBANs) with traditional healthcare databases and electronic health record (EHR) systems.

Chapter Contents:

  • 15.1 Classification taxonomy and primary areas of innovation in wearable healthcare
  • 15.2 Final overview
  • References

Inspec keywords: body area networks; sport; wireless sensor networks; biomedical telemetry; patient care; electronic health records

Other keywords: wireless body-area networks; healthcare databases; wearable healthcare technology; electronic health record; chronic disease management; elderly care; wearable devices; SWOT analysis; wearable healthcare; military support; sports medicine; preventive medicine; infant safety

Subjects: Biomedical communication; Patient diagnostic methods and instrumentation; Patient care and treatment; Telemetry; Patient care and treatment; Wireless sensor networks; Microwaves and other electromagnetic waves (medical uses); Microwaves and other electromagnetic waves (biomedical imaging/measurement)

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