2017 ITGS HL Paper 3: Wearable Technology - Kita Health Tech (KHT)


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DEMONSTRATE an understanding of the IT systems presented in the case study and how they work (AO1)
ANALYZE the social/ethical issues relevant to the case study (AO2)
EXPLAIN how the scenarios specified in the case study may be related to other similar global and local situations (AO2)
DEMONSTRATE independent research (use and quote information gathered in the primary and secondary research that goes beyond what was presented in the case study (AO3)
EVALUATE, FORMULATE or JUSTIFY strategic solutions to problems presented in the case study (AO3)

This page includes various sources to help you better prepare for the 2017 May HL Paper 3 about wearable technology-Kita Health Tech (KHT)

The ITGS case study, Wearable Technology – Kita Health Tech (KHT), is the stimulus material for the research investigation required for May and November 2017 higher level paper 3. All of the work related to the case study should reflect the integrated approach explained on pages 15–17 of the ITGS guide.

Candidates should consider Wearable Technology – Kita Health Tech (KHT) with respect to:
• relevant IT systems in a social context
• both local and global areas of impact
• social and ethical impacts on individuals and societies
• current challenges and solutions
• future developments.

Candidates are expected to research real-life situations similar to Wearable Technology – Kita Health Tech (KHT) and relate their findings to first-hand experiences wherever possible. Information may be collected through a range of activities: secondary and primary research, field trips, guest speakers, personal interviews and email correspondence.

Responses to examination questions must reflect the synthesis of knowledge and experiences that the candidates have gained from their investigations. In some instances, additional information may be provided in examination questions to allow candidates to generate new ideas.

The terms “wearable technology“, “wearable devices“, and “wearables” refer to electronic devices which are worn on the body or on clothes to collect and/or process information, usually without requiring any human interaction.

Below are some images taken from the case study that have to do with how the wearable technology works in KHT:

Key terms associated with Wearable Technology – Kita Health Tech (KHT):
Data synchronization services (such as Tapiriik.com)
Difference between health and well-being
Insurance premium/policy
Proof of concept
Standards and protocols
Wearable technology sensors
XML formats for exporting activities (such as GPX and TCX)

Quizlet of the Key Terms:

TED-Ed Lessons:
You may click on the screenshots to take you to the respected TED-Ed lessons!

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A few websites and articles to help you better prepare for the Paper 3 Case Study:

Here is an interview for The Review magazine with Robin Duke-Woolley, CEO of Beecham Research, where he discusses wearable technology and for the future:

This video explores how wearable technology will impact future medical technology, affecting our health and fitness decisions and redefining the doctor-patient relationship:

This video shares about wearable technology in healthcare:


CloudTweaks. "CloudTweaks." CloudTweaks. CloudTweaks, 13 Mar. 2015. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

Daws, Ryan. "Wearable Technology News - IoT, Smart Watches, Health Monitoring."Wearable Tech News. WearableTech, 2017. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

GemaltoVideos. "Internet of Things Series - The Future of Wearables." YouTube. YouTube, 11 Mar. 2015. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

Kaafarani, Firas. "How Wearables Are Changing Healthcare." TED-Ed. TED-Ed, Mar. 2017. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

Malik, Nuha. "Top Smartwatch Benefits." TED-Ed. TED-Ed, Mar. 2017. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

Nimmagadda, Likitha. "Concerns of Fitness Wearables." TED-Ed. TED-Ed, Mar. 2017. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

Pascutiu, Alex. "How Wearable Technology Will Change Our Lives | Gonzalo Tudela | TEDxSFU." TED-Ed. TED-Ed, Mar. 2017. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

TheCreatorsProject. "Make It Wearable | Episode 2: Human Health." YouTube. YouTube, 13 Feb. 2014. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

Usman, Kashaf. "EXPLAIN What Wearable Technology Is." TED-Ed. Ted-Ed, Mar. 2017. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

Wang, Harry. "Personal Safety Devices: A Unique Opportunity for Wearable Technology."TechTarget. TechTarget, 12 July 2016. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.

Xu, Grace. "IDENTIFY the Effects of Wearable Technology on the Medical Sector." TED-Ed. Ted-Ed, Mar. 2017. Web. 16 Mar. 2017.