A Virtual Dashboard of our Health

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I think we're looking at the quantified self era, almost a little bit like the computer era here in the Silicon Valley both sort of emerged from here starting with sort of garage geeks, hacking things together. Wanted to do computing originally, now folks wanted to get inside in their quantifications whether it's their steps for their diet, and what their thinking.

So, it's quickly emerged from hackers building include your devices to a whole movement of the quantified self to the point when I'm now wearing three consumer devices, one that tracks my steps and my sleep, one that has basically a center that tracks my heart rate and my emotion.

I'm wearing a cardiac patch still in development by a local start up called Bilo Connector wearing it right here, and it will actually talk to my phone, as it's doing right now, and it will track my vital signs and transmit that to the cloud, or it could stored in my phone. So, for example right here is a live EKG, directly from this patch.

I'm wearing under my shirt, and it's not just the EKG it's recording, it's also tracking for example my hydration status, how fast I'm breathing, my activity like how many steps I've taken if I'm sitting, or if I've fallen down, I can track my position, my stress level based on my heart rate variability.

So, this is an example of a simple patch, well, Whatsapp not come first kind of technology that can talk to my phone, talk to the web, that can be part of a dashboard into my healthcare. And the starting with the sort of folks who want to optimize their running for example, how many steps they have done? And I think what has to pay attention to go is to impart healthcare not just wellness care, or optimizing my workout.

So, they're starting out as sort of non-FDA-regulated devices that will track, again, simple metrics but they're going to emerge with the fact that the watch, as an example, as a real estate that's quite reliable and things are merging, and watch this one will track my heart rate and my motion, and my stress in a sense through looking at my sweat.

That eventually could be merged with a cardiac patient to look at arrhythmias[sp?], or activity after discharge from a hospital. So, Quantified Self still is somewhat in the era of fun and connectivity and help optimize wellness, and even add gaming elements, one group in the office can compete against another for the most steps.

It's now with these wireless scales where you can share your weight and tweet it right away. Where I think it will go is being connected to your clinician and your health care system, and I predict in the not too distant future prescribing you this device in an app. And I'm going to track that, or help you track that, and I'm going to get into my electronic medical records, if you allow it, how many steps you did that week.

And there's that well-known concept called the Hawthorne effect. If you think you're being watched, or you know you're being watched you're more likely to stay on top of things. And if you know your physician or your health buddy team, and many of these allow you to connect to your friends, will help track your steps and your diet that little mindfulness, that little additional element could make a big difference in the long term.

So, I think quantified self is moving to quantified health, if you're my physician, and I come into the office we have a short visit, you don't want to spend all your time asking my reviewer systems, about how much did you eat? How much did you sleep last week? What was your mood like? May be I just push my phone over and it's already analyzed.

Did my speech, if I'm say a patient with bipolar disease, was it rapid and pressured as in a mania? Or was it slow and depressed? That can be picked up all by somebody's sensors in this quantified self room, and start really to inform things in powerful ways. Not yet here, but where things in the future.