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The Opportunity in Health Data Trackers

An article in MedCityNews highlights an interesting point regarding wearable health sensors and the data they generate: how do users make sense of all the data they collect? This quote, from Catherine Calarco of Heartmath is telling: “People are still trying to figure out the design and presentation of the data. I’d like to see more user [...]

Intelligent Medical Devices

Here is a story from Medgadget about a device that helps people perform perfect chest compressions when performing CPR. We are seeing sensors being incorporated into many devices. Mostly they’re being used to monitor various processes and collect data for later analysis and feedback. The Physio-Control device suggests ways that sensors in devices can give [...]

What’s Hot Now

More and more devices are showing up that track your vital signs, calories burned, etc. etc. As we’ve been predicting, personal informatics is gaining ground in the popular culture as a means of staying healthy. This is a subset of the move toward preventative care, which will become more and more important as the costs [...]

Wireless Health Monitors

The Dutch Institute for Applied Science has developed a system for measuring body motion, heart rate and respiration using RADAR technology (watch the video posted at Quantified Self). This means that vital signs can be measured automatically via completely non-invasive means. The development team believes they can bring the system to market within a year. [...]

Personal Health Device Update

There is a new entrant in the personal health monitoring space. NewYu will be releasing a device in September that will help users track their exercise and calories burned. NewYu claims that it’s device can sense and distinguish between different types of movement, so it can tell if you are running, walking, using an eliptical [...]

Personal Informatics Update

Last year I wrote several posts about the personal informatics trend – using technology to track our habits and various aspects of our physiology. At that time I noted how coupling devices with sensors to automatically collect data would help to bring personal informatics into the mainstream. Now we are seeing Ford Motor Company investigating [...]

Automatic Physiological Monitoring

We’ve written previously about personal informatics in health care, and have noted that sensing technology and automatic data capture need to get better before personal informatics can become mainstream. Here are some examples of the current state of sensing and automatic capture technology: Medtronic’s iPro2 system:         This device consists of a [...]

Personal Informatics: Automatic Data Capture

One of the biggest challenges in applying personal informatics in the medical arena lies in the sensing technology needed. Non-invasiveness and automatic data capture are the keys here. Currently there are a few methods that do capture some data this way: electroencephalography, electromyography, galvanic skin response, pulse oximetry, bioacoustic sensors. The Bodymedia Fit device [...]

Personal Informatics

We’ve noticed a trend that has many implications for medical device designers and that bears watching: the increasing prevalence of “personal informatics”. This is a fairly new phenomenon, and one that will grow substantially in coming years. What is it exactly, and where is it headed? Personal informatics has a number of different names: “health [...]