I love using apps and web sites focused on fitness and health. Unfortunately, we have better diagnostic and performance information for cars than we do our own bodies. To start with, let’s look at what we put into our bodies. Grocery shopping apps are popular but lacking as they do not provide food scores, access to dietary consultants or capabilities to monitor dietary habits. These apps could be improved by providing the necessary feedback mechanisms to control, modify or manage dietary causes and health effects.
Perhaps a logical evolution would be a 360 lifestyle services platform that integrates recipes, grocery’s, calorie counting, health monitoring, physical activity, healthcare sensors and medical services. A lofty goal but purposeful in providing meaningful feedback. Additionally, crowd sourcing these larger data sets will provide the medical researchers, healthcare, and food industry meaningful insights that could improve billions of lives.
Seven in ten (69%) U.S. adults track a health indicator for themselves or a loved one and many say this activity has changed their overall approach to health, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. In all:
- 60% of U.S. adults say they track their weight, diet, or exercise routine.
- 33% of U.S. adults track health indicators or symptoms, like blood pressure, blood sugar, headaches, or sleep patterns.
- 12% of U.S. adults track health indicators or symptoms for a loved one.
However, their tracking is often informal:
- 49% of trackers say they keep track of progress “in their heads.”
- 34% say they track the data on paper, like in a notebook or journal.
- 21% say they use some form of technology to track their health data, such as a spreadsheet, website, app, or device.
This question allowed multiple responses, but in sum: 50% of trackers record their notes in some organized way, such as on paper or using technology, and 44% of trackers do so only in their heads.
This is the first national survey measuring health data tracking, demonstrating clinical studies are a tool for improving outcomes, particularly among people trying to lose weight or manage a chronic condition. The Pew Internet survey finds that:
- 46% of trackers say that this activity has changed their overall approach to maintaining their health or the health of someone for whom they provide care.
- 40% of trackers say it has led them to ask a doctor new questions or to get a second opinion from another doctor.
- 34% of trackers say it has affected a decision about how to treat an illness or condition.
Time to prioritize wellness over healthcare, prognostics over diagnostics and neural science over pharmaceutical engineering.