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5-Point Digital Health Checkup

August 14, 2013 by Dan Munro

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More and more people are counting everything from miles run and steps walked to calories consumed (or burned) and more complex biometrics like heart, respiration or metabolism rate. Since fitness and wellness often fall into the general health category, the bright line of demarcation is getting fuzzier every year.[read more]

Sleep Monitoring at Home

June 28, 2013 by Terry Simpson

Now wearable devices, and your iphone, are able to monitor your movements at night to see if you have been moving;after you sleep – the activities before it can also measure, but that is another story[read more]

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Monitoring to Change Behavior: Does It Work?

June 11, 2013 by Joan Justice
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Quantified Self webinar: technologies for doctors and patients

On June 19th, HealthWorks Collective will host a free webinar on Helping Physicians Empower Their Patients. I have asked one of the panelists, Kathleen Starr, PhD and expert in behavioral insights and strategy, to talk briefly about the topic of monitoring for healthy behavior and the recent RAND study.[read more]

Urinalysis Via Mobile App

February 28, 2013 by Michael Sherman

Testing urine can reveal many things, such as diseases, pregnancy, drug usage, dehydration and diet problems. Now, a new iPhone app will soon allow you to analyze your own urine. Read on to see how easy it can be to run a urinalysis in your own home.[read more]

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Happtique: An App Store for Health Apps

February 13, 2013 by Suzie Mitchell

Finding your way through the maze of health-related apps can be a challenge. The myriad selection can baffle a techie, let alone a Boomer or senior or trying to find an app to monitor their health. There has been no screening process for these apps—until now.[read more]

Timing of Meals Affects Weight Loss

February 11, 2013 by Terry Simpson

“Eating late may influence the success of weight-loss therapy. Novel therapeutic strategies should incorporate not only the caloric intake and macronutrient distribution-as is classically done-but also the timing of food.”[read more]

mHealth: Prevention is Better Than Cure

February 9, 2013 by Ben Wagenaar
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However, today, as we walk around with smartphones, equipped with cameras, internet access and modest processing power, we may be carrying the future of diagnosis in our pockets. Technology in the form of apps for diagnosis, apart from being free and discreet to use, could be applied regularly by individuals whenever they felt the need[read more]

Self-Monitoring: Track Your Metabolism on Your Smartphone

February 8, 2013 by Michael Sherman

If you’ve ever dieted, you know how frustrating it can be to discover you haven’t lost any weight after a week of counting calories. Sure, you can always blame a poorly calibrated scale. But the lack of weight loss could be a matter of metabolism – we need to increase our metabolism rate so we can burn more of those calories.[read more]

Health Tracking Apps: Not Yet Ready to Make a Big Impact

February 1, 2013 by David E Williams
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Almost no one really uses smartphone apps to track their health. That’s my takeaway from the latest Pew Research report. Although the report says close to 70% of adults are tracking some health statistics such as weight, diet or medical symptoms most of them do so either in their head (49%) or on paper (34%).[read more]

Tracking Health Indicators: The Role of mHealth Technologies in Improving Outcomes

January 31, 2013 by Kevin Campbell

Mobile technology is a powerful tool. Last year alone over 500 companies made healthcare related applications and there are now almost 15,000 applications for health indicator tracking on the market. By tracking health indicators such as blood pressure, heart rate, daily weights and blood sugars (among others) patients can see the impact of interventions such as diet, exercise and drug therapy. Seeing results in real time can be very motivating.[read more]

Engagement is the Next Frontier for Connected Health

January 24, 2013 by Joseph Kvedar
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Seeing the fast-growing market for personal connected health devices displayed at the recent Consumer Electronics Show, I couldn’t help but reflect on how far consumer connected health has come. Not too many years ago we spent a lot of energy sorting out how we would get home-derived vitals signs out of a device, out of the home, and into our database.[read more]

What’s a Guy Like Me Doing at the Consumer Electronics Show, Anyway?

January 15, 2013 by Joseph Kvedar

I spent the bulk of the last week in Las Vegas attending the Consumer Electronics Show. If there were other academically-oriented physicians attending, I didn’t find them. Of course in the sea of 160,000 people, it’d be hard to pick out people you recognize, let alone find others with similar jobs/interests. It is easy to get distracted by the truly breathtaking displays of ultra-high-def TVs and audio equipment.[read more]