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Vivametrica Cofounder to Lead the Stanford Center for Medical Mobile Technology
Date:10/9/2014

CALGARY, Alberta, Oct. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- While the wearable technology market continues to grow rapidly, questions remain as to how this collected data can be used scientifically to improve health and wellness in measurable and meaningful ways. Vivametrica today announced that its cofounder, Dr. Matthew Smuck has founded and will act as director of the Stanford Center for Medical Mobile Technology (http://pmr.stanford.edu/research/cmmt.html), established to facilitate and promote the scientific integration of mobile technology and healthcare.

The establishment of the research center further underscores the potential for wearable devices to impact overall well-being and health.

  • Wearables market booming: Analysts predict that the wearable technology market will increase tenfold to $50 billion over the next three to five years – a growth rate five times faster than the adoption of mobile.
  • Scientific validity needed: While biometric information is increasingly available in the commercial sector, it commonly lacks the scientific validity necessary to make the transition to healthcare applications.
  • Mobile technology and healthcare research: Advances in mobile computing and the explosion of sophisticated wearable biosensors are combining to create new opportunities in medical research. The center will continue research into areas linking activity and chronic health conditions such as back pain, obesity and arthritis, in an effort to improve diagnosis methods and overall patient care.
  • Vivametrica cofounders on research team: Vivametrica cofounder and chief operating officer, Dr. Christy Lane, will also be a member of the Stanford team, contributing her expertise in the field of exercise rehabilitation, which will help guide the research trajectory at the center.

Dr. Matthew Smuck, cofounder and scientific advisor, Vivametrica, said: "Though the wearables market is growing rapidly, and alongside it the availability of biometric information, it commonly lacks the validity needed for medical application. By applying rigorous medical research methodology and advanced statistics to the analysis of mobile technology data, our research team aims to create new insights into human diseases and develop modern tools for detection and prevention. I am excited to take part in this important, ground-breaking research in pursuit of the advancement of human health."

About Vivametrica
Vivametrica provides a first of its kind analytics platform for wearable healthcare. Its device agnostic platform delivers a standardized approach to data collection and management, bridging the gap between wearable fitness applications and actionable data for consumers, enterprises, healthcare and researchers. Created by physicians and researchers, Vivametrica's approach is based on comprehensive clinical findings in the fields of physical activity, rehabilitation and medicine. For more information, visit www.vivametrica.com.

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