Self-tracking tech revolution? Not so fast…

When the report called Tracking for Health was released last month, media headlines announced:

“Over Two-Thirds Track Health Indicators!”

This statistic, borrowed from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project’s report, referred to the 69 per cent of people who say they keep track of things like their weight, exercise, heart rate, food, stress or other health indicators. It also, however, includes almost half of self-reporting trackers who, according to Pew’s Susannah Fox, track these health indicators for themselves or others  – but only in their heads.

Surprisingly, very few headlines ran the real news from the report:

“Only 21% Use Technology to Self-Track!”  Continue reading

The missing link in chronic disease care

The cardiologist who had been called to the E.R. looked down at me lying on the gurney, introduced himself, and said quietly:

“I can tell from looking at your T-waves and all of your other cardiac tests that you have significant heart disease.”

“Significant heart disease.”  Significant heart disease? Did he just say “SIGNIFICANT HEART DISEASE”?

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