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Smart underwear, elderly wearables and other cutting-edge health tech on the way

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Chris Steel, global head of healthcare at PA Consulting Group, discusses health startups that are creating interesting and promising wearable tools.

Nanowear is a NYC-based company that develops medical-grade smart textiles.

Chris says: "Nanowear has made the first FDA-approved piece of clothing as a medical device - essentially shirts which include the ability to monitor heart rate. This will replace uncomfortable devices such as Holter monitors which are typically worn for only short periods of time and are not 'connected'."

Kinetic has created a smart wearable that automatically detects high-risk postures and provides workers with feedback to reduce the likelihood of injury. 

Chris adds: "Kinetic is a Boston-based company that has created wearable technology in the workplace to promote safe movement, which is especially important for people doing physical jobs. The company is interesting because the model to benefit is clear, either directly through reduction in workers compensation and reduced sick leave, or indirectly through a reduction in the overall cost of healthcare provision for their employees."


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