Considering and understanding developmental and deployment barriers for wearable technologies in neuroscience

Conor Wall, Yunus Celik, Victoria Hetherington, Peter McMeekin, Richard Walker, Lisa Graham, Rodrigo Vitório, Alan Godfrey*

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Abstract

The use of wearable technologies (wearables) in neuroscience could have significant potential to e.g., better understand and manage disorders like Parkinson's Disease (PD), epilepsy, and stroke. Wearables could routinely offer insights by providing digital biomarkers during daily activities, enhancing clinical understanding of real-world challenges. From a clinical perspective, validation (with dissemination of usefulness) and lack of routine integration to existing technological infrastructures restrict wearable deployment. For integration, interoperability within the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem is essential for the seamless combination of diverse wearables. Equally, data integrity necessitates secure data
handling, transparent privacy policies, and ensuring users/patients control their personal information. From a development perspective, democratization, i.e., making wearable technology accessible to a wide audience, restricts wearable deployment. For example, wearables must be affordable, have a user-centric design which focuses on ergonomics, ease of use, and intuitive interfaces. Furthermore, educating healthcare professionals and patients is imperative for building trust and ensuring the effective use of wearable to positively change clinical practice. Addressing these multifaceted challenges is key to integrating wearables into healthcare and daily life which may pave the way for improved neurological diagnosis and care.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFrontiers in Neuroscience
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 27 Feb 2024

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