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By Claire Swedberg

Juniper Research Predicts Tripling of Health-Monitoring Device Use By 2020

Juniper Research expects the number of health-monitoring devices in use worldwide will be more than 70 million by 2020, up from an estimated 26 million this year.

In a report titled "Worldwide Digital Health: Developed and Emerging Market Opportunities 2016-2020," Juniper forecasts that approval by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) will precipitate the use of monitoring devices in the health-care market by a much larger percentage than the current level. The report also finds a need for new entrants to prove that their hardware can measure health indicators with the same accuracy as that of standard medical devices.

The report's authors say that an upsurge in the adoption of mobile and cloud health platforms, such as Apple Health and Google Fit, will further encourage growth in digital health-based solutions. They indicate that big data collected by such monitoring devices offers an opportunity for platforms such as IBM Watson Health Cloud. These platforms already provide insight into health information and enable more efficient decision making through data analytics.

According to the report, heightened accuracy from the latest versions of monitoring devices will lead to a fourfold increase in the number of individuals being monitored by 2020. Interoperability with personal smartphone devices, the authors say, will add value for patients.

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