We frequently mention how the data generated by wearable Health Tech devices has the potential to radically transform our healthcare system, for individual patients and for the population as a whole. Big Data analytics of this growing treasure trove of information could reveal early detection of disease and other conditions, resulting treatments that are more effective and cost less. And this data could also yield insights into the causes of different illnesses, and the chances of a given individual coming down with the problem based on their physiology and lifestyle.
One aspect of this new technology is that it will lead to a variety of new support jobs in the healthcare field. An article in MedCity News lists four new job categories that are likely to be in demand as this technology grows:
- Data Warehouse Engineers: storing and managing massive amounts of data Cloud-based services
- Data Analysts: Finding the needles of useful insight in the huge haystacks of data
- Mobile App Developers: Interfacing with wearable Health Tech devices in reliable and easy-to-use ways
- Security Specialists: Protecting the privacy of user data, and complying with the various security and privacy laws and regulations
These are positions that did not exist 10 years ago for the most part, but are likely to be well-funded going forward as these activities are likely to result in lower healthcare costs overall. This means that insurance companies, large self-insured corporations, and the federal government will have stakes in the success of these types of activities.