While a majority of consumers use their Fitbits, Apple Watches and other activity trackers for a period of only three months before abandoning them, many healthcare providers see promise in using the data generated from these devices to more closely manage care outside of the physician’s office.

In addition, inexpensive yet sophisticated newly developed medical sensors are regularly offering care providers innovative and exciting ways to collect medical data on patients to help manage care and monitor health. These devices use Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or RFID technology to connect to the Internet and transmit data to a variety of healthcare information technology tools, such as electronic medical record systems and population health databases.

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