Wearable Biosensors: Extending Care Beyond the Exam Room

Video: Wearable biosensors include fitness trackers that can be worn like wristwatches.

Wearable biosensors provide a method for passive monitoring, which is the most powerful way to observe what a patient experiences as they live their lives. While a patient can report how they feel and what they are experiencing to the physician in the exam room, and the physician can document what the patient reports, the message provided and recorded in a 20-minute exam will not tell the whole story.

Wearable biosensors follow patients outside of the artificial setting of a doctor’s office and monitor their everyday activities to provide a more complete picture.

The data collected using wearable biosensors can provide the patient and physician with detailed information to determine and monitor treatment and evaluate how interventions are affecting the patient’s quality of life.

Watch Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS, leader of the Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research, speak about wearable biosensors.