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30 Mar 14

Absolutely, what I've been saying ever since I came across QS!

"Motivating behavioral change through data visualization can be very powerful, but it is more of an art than a science. We will need far more artists, user interface experts and psychologists to help make our data work harder to motivate better health."

30 Mar 14

not surprising.. different set of people from the ones who use high-tech tracking devices and also perhaps the perception that they are already part of a system - healthcare - even though inadequate and inefficient for tracking their chronic conditions...

28 Feb 13

wish he didn't call it 'digital health ecosystem' but it is a useful starting point in the growing area of quantifying self..

22 Apr 12

this is about the knowledge an aggregate data hides but the best way to aggregate data is through individuals' having ownership and choice not to share their personal data.

  • Doctors have lots of experience measuring heart rates and rhythms during and after serious events--during a heart attack, for example, or in patients who have longstanding heart disease. But no one has ever been able to observe what heart rhythms are like on a continuous basis in the general population.

  • Instead of seeing a snapshot of the body taken during the typical visit to a doctor's office, iPOP effectively offers an IMAX movie, which in Snyder's case had the added drama of charting his response to two viral infections and the emergence of type 2 diabetes.
  • Snyder, now 56, says he began the study 2 years ago because of a slew of technological advances that make it feasible to view the working of the body more intimately than ever before. "The way we're practicing medicine now seems woefully inadequate," he says. "When you go to the doctor's office and they do a blood test, they typically measure no more than 20 things. With the technology out there now, we feel you should be able to measure thousands if not tens of thousands if not ultimately millions of things. That would be a much clearer picture of what's going on."

  •  the glove could replace the current "labour intensive" ways in which patients' progress is recorded. Ultimately it is hoped to lead to better treatment as well as savings for medical services. "If patients are to receive the care needed to manage their condition and doctors the time to assess their condition thoroughly," Curran says, "more accurate and less laborious methods to record joint movements are needed."
02 Mar 12

I suppose a good sign the Economist is writing about this even if the whole article is yet again taking the angle of 'how odd, freaky, geeky but interesting things these people are doing'. Obviously, that's considered de rigueur with such topics these days. That said, the health angle is well justified, though until self-quantifying demand side is trying to get the supply side (i.e. healthcare industry) to work with them, it's not going to get very far. Ditto for not focusing on more sophisticated data analysis and visualisation.

  • They are an eclectic mix of early adopters, fitness freaks, technology evangelists, personal-development junkies, hackers and patients suffering from a wide variety of health problems. What they share is a belief that gathering and analysing data about their everyday activities can help them improve their lives—an approach known as “self-tracking”, “body hacking” or “self-quantifying”.
  • But new technologies make it simpler than ever to gather and analyse personal data. Sensors have shrunk and become cheaper. Accelerometers, which measure changes in direction and speed, used to cost hundreds of pounds but are now cheap and small enough to be routinely included in smartphones. This makes it much easier to take the quantitative methods used in science and business and apply them to the personal sphere.
  • But tapping into the stream of data they generate can give people new ways to deal with medical problems or improve their quality of life in other ways.

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