Wearable technology has gained momentum of late. Changing lifestyle of young people demands connectivity. The healthcare segment accounts for a major part of the wearable technology market, considering the innovations in several applications in this area in the last two decades. Mobile phones with wearable sensors, implanted medical devices, and home-based telehealth devices can help monitor and manage the health of a patient. Smartphones have made tremendous development in terms of applications and can now accomplish actual diagnostic tests such as the Apple iPhone glucose test. Withings is another company that has collaborated with Apple to introduce a device that actually monitors blood-pressure on the go. Moreover, wearable medical devices for athletes who wish to monitor their performance and condition are available in the market. Similarly, such devices for continuous medical monitoring for outpatients with chronic medical conditions, physicians needing to quantify and detect behavioral aberrations for early diagnosis are also available.

According to the report, the global wearable medical devices market was estimated to have a valuation close to US$2.7 bn in 2014, which is projected to reach nearly US$10 bn by 2023, rising at a strong CAGR of 18.0% during the forecast period of 2015 to 2023.

Wearable Electrocardiographs Projected for Healthy Growth Rate

In terms of diagnostic devices, the report segments the global wearable medical devices market into vital signs monitors, fetal monitors and obstetric devices, and neuromonitoring devices. The segment of vital sign monitors has been further sub-segmented into heart rate monitor, activity monitor, sleep monitor, electrocardiographs, and others. Out of these, heart rate monitor currently serves the maximum demand, reaching an estimated valuation of US$2.5 bn by 2023, although the sub-segment of wearable electrocardiographs are projected for the best CAGR of 17.8% during the forecast period, owning to its factors such as reliable, light weight, risk associated with cardiac arrhythmias, increasing prevalence of cardiovascular disease, and cost effectiveness. However, the lack of security and privacy of important data, short battery life, and slow-rate of acceptability by individuals are anticipated to hinder the growth rate of the sub-segment during the forecast period.

North America Serves Maximum Demand

Geographically, the report studies the opportunities available in the regional market in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World. Currently, North America serves maximum demand, valued at US$1.6 bn in 2016, which is projected to reach US$4.5 bn by the end of 2023, expanding at a CAGR of 15.8% during the forecast period of 2015–2023. The dominance of this region is attributed to the large number of early adopters and consumers, presence of several mid-sized and large players, and increasing number of new players. North America market for Wearable medical devices is mainly dependent on the country of the U.S. and Canada. According to CDC, 29.1 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, which is driving the uptake of glucose monitors, heart rate monitors, and activity monitors. Collectively, the segment of vital signs monitors is most profitable in this region.

Fitbit Inc., Omron Corporation, and Medtronic plc., are identified by the report as the most prominent companies in the global wearable medical devices market.

The last decade has witnessed growing interest in wearable medical devices. Currently technology is combined with medicine and frequently explains how patients are diagnosed and treated. The medical devices are leader of numerous success stories. Wearable medical devices that monitor, control, track, and treat patient conditions are increasingly replacing larger equipment. Wearable medical devices are connected to a patient’s body and measure clinically appropriate information. These devices resemble eyeglasses, watch, clothing, jewelry, contact lenses, etc. Data collected from wearable medical devices can be as simple as number of steps taken in a day to complex data such as ECG measurement. This report on the global market studies the current and future prospects of the market. The report comprises an elaborate executive summary, including a market snapshot that provides overall information of various segments and sub-segments. This section also provides the overall information and data analysis of the global market with respect to the leading market segments based on type of device, application, and geography.

The market overview section of the report includes qualitative analysis of the overall market including the factors determining the market dynamics such as drivers, restraints and opportunities, along with Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, list of FDA-approved wearable medical devices and value chain analysis. In addition, various analyses such as market attractiveness analysis by type of device and competitive landscape by key players have been provided. The market attractiveness analysis explains the intensity of competition in the market in different types of devices. The competitive scenario between market players is evaluated through market share analysis. These factors would help market players to take strategic decisions in order to strengthen their positions and expand their share in the global market.

The global wearable medical devices market has been segmented based on type of device, application, and geography. Based on type of device, the market has been categorized into two major segments: diagnostic and therapeutic. Diagnostic devices have been further classified into heart rate monitors, activity monitors, sleep monitor, electrocardiograph, fetal monitor and obstetric devices, and neuromonitoring devices. Therapeutic devices have been classified into vital sign monitors, pain management devices, glucose insulin monitoring devices, and respiratory therapy devices. Based on application, the global market has been segmented into three types: sports and fitness, remote patient monitoring, and home health care. Market revenue in terms of US$ Mn for the period between 2013 and 2023 along with the compound annual growth rate (CAGR %) from 2015 to 2023 are provided for all the segments, considering 2014 as the base year.

Geographically, the wearable medical devices market has been categorized into four regions: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of World (RoW). North America comprises the U.S. and Canada. Europe comprises Germany, the U.K., and Rest of Europe. Asia-Pacific comprises China, Japan, and Rest of Asia-Pacific. Rest of World comprises of Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. The recommendations section included in the report would assist existing players to expand their market share and new companies to establish their presence in the market. The report also profiles major players in the market based on various attributes such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies, product portfolio, and recent developments. Major players profiled in this report include Cleveland Medical Devices, Inc., Corventis, Inc. (Medtronic plc.), Fitbit, Inc., Intelesens Ltd., Koninklijke Philips N.V., LifeWatch AG, Nuubo, OMRON Corporation, Polar Electro, and Zephyr Performance Systems (Medtronic plc.).

The global wearable medical devices market has been segmented as follows:

By Diagnostic Device

  • Wearable Vital Sign Monitors
    • Wearable Heart Rate Monitor
    • Wearable Activity Monitor
    • Wearable Sleep Monitor
    • Wearable Electrocardiographs
    • Others
  • Wearable Fetal Monitors and Obstetric Devices
  • Wearable Neuromonitoring Devices
    • Electroencephalograph
    • Electromyograph

By Therapeutic Device

  • Wearable Pain Management Devices
  • Wearable Glucose/Insulin Monitoring Devices
  • Wearable Respiratory Therapy Devices

By Application

  • Sports and Fitness
  • Remote Patient Monitoring
  • Home Health Care

By Geography

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • U.K.
    • Germany
    • Rest of the Europe
  • Asia Pacific (APAC)
    • China
    • Japan
    • Rest of the APAC
  • Rest of World
    • Middle East
    • Africa
    • Latin America