Forget Counting Steps. Quantifying Health Will Save Your Life.

 

By: Big Think

Originallly published on Sep 19, 2015

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Transcript – One of the interesting things about healthcare today is the data is becoming unsiloed and increasingly accessible. So for example, I’m wearing right now a little patch from a company called Vital Connect underneath my shirt. It’s talking to my smartphone live. And I can look at a dashboard of my data from my full on EKG, which will show up right here and it can track the trends and hopefully my EKG looks like it’s okay, if there are any cardiologist out there. I can also see data about my steps, my stress level, my position. If I fall down and I don’t get back up, the system can tell that. And this is really an intensive care unit like type level data in what will be less than five dollar a day disposable patch, which can be useful if you’re training for a marathon; if you’re in a hospital and you’re not on a monitored bed; if your home with a disease like heart failure. That’s a lot of data. We need to learn to sift through it and pull out the signals because no physician or nurse is going to want to be liable for watching your life streaming EKG. But is an immense amount of power and data. And we’re in this era now of creating digital health exhaust, whether it’s my smart watch, this patch, my phone, it can tell a lot about me, my behaviors. If, for example, you have a patient who’s got bipolar disorder, you can tell from their phone whether they’re depressed or they’re manic. That can play a role in smart disease, disease management. We can take technologies like 3-D printing and tune home-based prosthetics. We can print prosthetic hands for folks and legs in the developing world. Here’s mini me in my pocket. It’s a 3-D printed version of me. That might be interesting if I need to make a prosthetic for someone who has lost part of her face. Or I was at MIT Media Lab last week and met a young grad student who diagnosed his own brain cancer, written up in the New York Times, and used 3-D printing to print a version of his tumor. Read the Full Transcript Here: (http://goo.gl/AGiEyV).

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