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A Physician's Perspective: Meaningful Use of Health Technology

Oct 4 2011   8:46PM GMT

I’m exploring the Quantified Self (QS) movement

Posted by: DrJosephKim
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Last month, I was at the Medicine 2.0 conference at Stanford. There, I met several people who were actively engaged in the quantified self (QS) movement. If you’re not familiar with QS, you may want to do some research. People are essentially wearing mobile sensors to monitor their daily activity, exercise, and sleep. Plus, they’re sharing their quantified self information with others, so we’re seeing the application of social media and gaming as people are trying to lose weight, exercise more, or sleep better.

I’ve had the opportunity to test the Fitbit, the BodyMedia armband, and the Zeo Sleep Manager. I still in the process of collecting data, but you’ll be hearing more about this from me, so make sure to stay tuned. I haven’t joined a local QS meetup yet, but that’s next on my agenda. Plus, I need to decide which device will become my main daily device. I’ve exercised with them. I’ve gone walking with them. I’ve traveled with them. I’ve worn them during sleep.

I’m a big fan of using technology to improve health, wellness, and overall fitness. I’m interested to see how these devices will improve my sleep since I’m not getting much sleep these days (young kids and crying babies will do that to you). In the meanwhile, I’m enjoying the experience of playing with these devices as they sync with my smartphone and transmit data via Bluetooth or some other form of wireless technology.

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