Strategic Focus: Aligning Vital Sign Monitoring Wearables With Corporate EHS Use Cases

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Executive Summary

This report helps corporate decision-makers and technology vendors understand the expanding capabilities of vital sign monitoring wearables (VSMWs) and consider how these devices can be applied to address EHS challenges. Although still in its infancy, Verdantix expects the market for VSMWs to generate $696 million in revenue by 2039. At present, these devices are rarely utilized beyond medical and pharmaceutical industries. However, with a growing understanding of their potential value proposition, EHS executives are evaluating the solutions’ ROI and cost-benefit implications. This report examines the current marketplace for VSMWs, before forecasting their future growth. This research also characterizes the benefits that these technologies can generate, along with common challenges facing their adoption in corporate workplaces. The ultimate purpose of this report is to assist EHS professionals, whatever their firm’s level of EHS risk, make the most appropriate choices for their individual operations and situations.

Table of contents

Firms Increasingly View VSMWs As Supporting EHS  
Growing Popularity Of Vital Sign Monitoring Wearables 
Prospects For The VSMWs Market
Key Benefits Of VSMW Adoption Will Outweigh Its Challenges  
Challenges Of Integrating VSMWs Into EHS Programmes 
Identifying And Leveraging The Benefits Of VSMWs
Risk-Dependent Perceptions Of Vital Sign Monitoring Wearables  
Three Levels Of Risk Create Three Scenarios For Adoption

Table of figures

Figure 1. Adoption Of Vital Sign Monitoring Wearables
Figure 2. Barriers To The Implementation Of Wearable Devices
Figure 3. Industries Categorized By EHS Risk Level
Figure 4. Three Risk-Dependent Scenarios Of VSMW Adoption Defined By (A) People, (B) Processes And (C) Technology

About the authors

Diana Olaleye


Diana is an Analyst in the Verdantix EHS practice covering research on industrial wearables and environmental sustainability. Her recent research focussed on benchmarking the capabilities of prominent sustainability management software vendors. Diana holds a BA in Politics from King’s College London and MSc from the University of Oxford.

Molly Blackwell


Molly is an analyst in the Verdantix EHS practice. Her current research agenda focuses on the priorities and trends within the EHS software market, industrial wearables and operational sustainability. Previously a Research Analyst for the L&D industry, Molly holds a first-class social science degree from Lancaster University.

Steve Bolton

Research Director

Steve leads the Verdantix EHS research practice, based out of our New York office. He has 25 years of experience advising on sustainability, EHS, circular economy, corporate social responsibility and other business value topics. Steve received a dual environmental science and public policy Bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary, a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University, and an MBA degree from James Madison University.

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