How Fitness Wearable Devices Are Changing Healthcare
Wearable devices such as FitBit and Apple Watch are extremely popular among those conscious about their health and fitness. Wearable help users keep a track their steps, calories, sleep patterns and other vitals on a regular basis. Wearables are making it increasingly possible for people to gather information on their health at any moment in time with both accuracy and efficiency.
Health is becoming easier to quantify as science converges on vital markers of health, and technology creates a way for them to be measured. Public opinion, however, is that although beneficial, these advancements aren’t enough. According to Business Insider senior research analyst Will McKitterick, consumers want more from their wearables and are looking for new ways to utilize the information they provide.
Technology startups are responding to consumer needs and are rushing to develop smart technologies that will interpret a user’s health data and provide tailored recommendations to improve measurable health outcomes. “We are at a pivotal point in the evolution of human health,” says health expert and mobile health entrepreneur Matt Riemann.
“Digital medicine and sophisticated technologies are changing global health in an unprecedented way. Gone are the days of people driving to a doctor for advice on health issues known to be caused by poor diet and lifestyle. Finally we are seeing a growing body of evidence that supports this trend, and a real change on the horizon as recent breakthroughs in wearable interpretation are allowing us to apply truly personalized health information remotely and effectively for the first time.”
Riemann’s latest product, Shae, is one such technology designed to both analyze and interpret incoming data from FitBit, Apple Watch, and other wearables to make personalized, real-time recommendations for the user. Shae, an interactive virtual health assistant dubbed “Siri for your health,” is the evolution of health platform ph360 which claims to be able to turn a user’s wearable data into practical recommendations regarding diet, exercise, and lifestyle activities that directly influence an individual’s well-being.
“Shae tells you what to eat, when to hydrate and how to exercise for optimal health and energy,” explains Riemann. “The real-time recommendations are even specific enough to tell you exactly how your dinner meal has been influencing your sleeping patterns, and to recommend foods to eat for breakfast if you want to stay alert or productive all day.”
Health technology is showing no sign of slowing down. As technologies emerge that are able to utilize data from wearables to enhance consumers’ quality of life, wearable use is set to accelerate and it may not be long before their use becomes as pervasive as Pokémon Go.
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