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Fitness trackers and genetic tests will send 'worried well into hyperdrive', warn surgeons as health


Next generation smart watches will be able to call the emergency services when the wearer stops moving ( Reuters )
Next generation smart watches will be able to call the emergency services when the wearer stops moving ( Reuters )

Wearable health monitors such as the Apple watch and the rise of genetic disease risk testing could swamp the NHS by sending the “worried well into hyperdrive”, doctors have suggested.

The stark warning comes from a major review by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) looking at the impact new technology will have on the health service and warning its potential to improve diagnosis could also cause unnecessary alarm.


Its release on Friday comes less than 24 hours after health and social care secretary Matt Hancock announced he would clear away NHS road blocks that are preventing start-ups offering new technology to patients.


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Source https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/worried-well-hyperdrive-apple-watch-health-fitness-royal-college-surgeons-matt-hancock-babylon-gp-a8536326.html

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