Do Wearables and Health Apps Belong in the Doctor’s Office?
Apple’s smart watch is only the latest gadget with quasi-medical aspirations. The watch joins a fast-growing wearables industry worth between $3 billion and $5 billion, according to Credit Suisse. Add to that nearly 50,000 health apps and you have a booming new digital health industry aiming to disrupt healthcare the same way Amazon took on publishing.
But disruption is easier tweeted than done, especially when doctors aren't as gung-ho.
Take, for example, Dr. Paul Abramson, a primary care doctor in San Francisco’s financial district.
Abramson is no techno-phobe. He sees patients in a sleek white office with a hydraulic standing desk from Denmark and listens to their hearts with a digital stethoscope.
“I like gadgets,” Abramson explains.