Patients themselves could be providing a great deal of data if the trend of wearing remote health monitoring devices continues. A report from ABI Research predicts that over the next five years, close to 100 million wearable devices will ship in what they call “a key opportunity” for providers.

According to the report, top tech companies including Apple, Google, and Samsung have announced plans to provide remote patient monitoring services: “RPM offers the promise of greater care and flexibility for patients while bringing efficiency and cost savings to health service providers. However, adoption has been stymied by a range of factors including device availability, device and service regulation, inertia and a high barrier to entry for new players in the space.”