UCLA, Cedars-Sinai researchers dub Fitbit a viable remote patient monitoring solution: 4 things to know

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Researchers from UCLA and Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles proved Fitbit personal activity trackers could be a useful remote patient monitoring device, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Here are four things to know:

  1. The study monitored 200 patients with ischemic heart disease to evaluate adherence to a wearable device. For the study, patients were asked to use a Fitbit Charge 2.
  2. The researchers found high adherence (90 percent on average) and low attrition rates (.09 percent decrease per day) over a 90-day period.
  3. Devices with heart rate monitors can "record useful patient statistics including activity level, resting and active HR, and sleep time," the study reads.
  4. The study suggests consumer-grade wearables could be used to help telemonitor select patients, as data generated from a device like a Fitbit "correlate with clinically used patient surveys, and therefore might be an effective way of identifying patients who require intervention."

Click here to read the full study.

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