The future of wearable technology (hosted by Institute for Molecular Science Engineering)
Join us for a panel discussion on the future of wearable technology, and what it means for regulating the current generation of wearables.
Over the past year, we in the Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering have been bringing together scientists, engineers and medics from across Imperial College London to discuss what the future of wearable technology might look like.
Through our discussions, we have written a Briefing Paper on what the blurring of the divide between wellness devices (for example, the Apple Watch) and medical devices could mean for data misuse and privacy. Considering there is already concern about what happens to a user’s personal data once it leaves a wearable device, the ability of future wellness devices to monitor more about us will only exacerbate this concern.
Our key conclusion is that industry, policymakers, regulators and academia should work together to form clear guidance on medical-wellness devices. Therefore, we are inviting representatives from all these backgrounds to this discussion. We have invited representatives from Apple, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the Information Commisioner’s Office (ICO) and academia on the future of wearable tech and privacy.