Will the Quantified Self Movement Take Off in Health Care?

Kent Bottles

Posted 4/02/12 on Kent Bottles Private Views

“If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.” Lord Kelvin

“Asking science to explain life and vital matters is equivalent to asking a grammarian to explain poetry.” Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Of course the quantified self movement with its self-tracking, body hacking, and data-driven life started in San Francisco when Gary Wolf started the “Quantified Self” blog in 2007. By 2012, there were regular meetings in 50 cities and a European and American conference. Most of us do not keep track of our moods, our blood pressure, how many drinks we have, or our sleep patterns every day. Most of us probably prefer the Taleb to the Lord Kelvin quotation when it comes to living our daily lives. And yet there are an increasing number of early adopters who are dedicated members of the quantified self movement.

“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.”

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Fewer Than 10% of People Manage Health via Mobile: a HIMSS Reality Check on Remote Health Monitoring

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Posted 2/28/12 on Health Populi

With mobile health consumer market projections for ranging from $7 billion to $43 billion, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers, a casual reader might think that a plethora of health citizens are tracking their health, weight, food intake, exercise, and other observations of daily living by smartphones and tablets.

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Increasing Smartphone Uptake Will Higher Use Of mHealth Apps Globally

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

First published 4/4/11 on Health Populi

Adoption of mobile health (mHealth) apps will increase by 23% as a compound annual growth rate. according to a forecast from Arthur D. Little (ADL), featured in their report published in April 2011, Capturing Value in the mHealth Oasis.

What is this mHealth Oasis? ADL notes that mobile network operators (MNOs — mobile phone companies) see gold in them thar’ health hills given unsustainable health economies the world over. However, ADL rightly points out that mobile health is just about as easy to conquer as any other aspect of health technology, full of minefields. ADL lays out the success factors for MNOs who want to engage in mHealth.

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Smartphone Apps for ER Docs – Yeah!


Originally published 2/7/11 on The Doctor Weighs In

Thanks to Sam Ko, MD and the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (Cal/ACEP)  for this list of  iPhone Apps for Emergency Medicine.  The info in this post was first published  in Cal/ACEP January 2011 newsletter:  Lifeline.

I love it that ER docs are using their smart phones as reference books – it is so much better than when I was in the ER  – slinking off to the doctor’s room to look up stuff in the PDR or whatever new (or mostly old) Emergency Medicine text books happened to be on the ER book shelves.  Once I looked up stuff I couldn’t remember, I could go back to the patient and/or family and look and sound knowledgeable about the topic at hand.

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Physician Executives Should Not Ignore How Smartphones Will Transform Healthcare


Originally published 1/27/11 on Private Views

Physician executives who ignore smartphones and their healthcare applications will miss the most important disruptive technology trend in the next five years. Physician executives who understand how smartphones will transform the industry for providers, payers, patients, and employers will thrive in their careers.

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