Fitbit Gadget Could Improve Hospital Care
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9/13/2013 | 2:57:35 PM
re: Fitbit Gadget Could Improve Hospital Care
I agree, but it seems to be the same story with all data collection techniques. The data is out there and easily collected but what to do with the data is the hard part. Data analytics play a big role, they need to figure out what data they need and then they need to figure out how to present it to physicians. EHR integration would be optimal but we all know how hard that can be.

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Alex Kane Rudansky
Alex Kane Rudansky,
User Rank: Author
9/11/2013 | 3:22:24 PM
re: Fitbit Gadget Could Improve Hospital Care
Another challenge is integration. Right now the Fitbit data / dashboard doesn't integrate into EHRs. If the data continues to prove to be medically useful, that might be the next step for Fitbit. Huge growth potential there for them.
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
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9/11/2013 | 1:38:18 AM
re: Fitbit Gadget Could Improve Hospital Care
The privacy implications will be interesting. Patients who aren't following prescribed regimes will have their intransigence highlighted in the data. For some that may be unwelcome oversight.
User Rank: Author
9/10/2013 | 9:15:05 PM
re: Fitbit Gadget Could Improve Hospital Care
Therein lies the problem -- this has been around since 2009 and none of the researchers thought to use it. People just haven't embraced the personal health record concept.
User Rank: Author
9/10/2013 | 9:13:04 PM
re: Fitbit Gadget Could Improve Hospital Care
The story shows that data collection won't be a problem. Using it well will be, as Cook suggests. It has to be as simple as a red/yellow/green indicator on the Mobility line of a patient's post-op dashboard. One big challenge: deciding what data is worth collecting and important enough to go on that dashboard.
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9/10/2013 | 7:06:07 PM
re: Fitbit Gadget Could Improve Hospital Care
Saw this over at Forbes a few day called out response..

comment was called out!

On this post: Fitbit
Could Help Monitor Progress After Heart Surgery

" There was another
route with using a PHR that could have been taken here thus avoiding the
"data collecting" of Fitbit. It's been around since 2009 called Walk
Me with Microsoft HealthVault PHR and you can buy a pedometer for $39.99 to use
it and the results would go to HealthVault, which the patient could
"elect" to share with Mayo as their medical records work with
HealthVault. Here's the old post and Microsoft employees internally use it to
measure themselves.

Again, I look for areas to where the patient is involved too and with channeling
via a PHR and the patient making the "share" decision, they learn
more and their data profile don't get sold. Just another point of view here and
my opinion:) I mention this fact as I really do wonder about the business
models of all these consumer health devices and software and am curious if they
do in fact have a business model that would allow them to profit without
selling data. In this case a little privacy was cheaper too. Everyone wants
consumers to use PHRS, well this was an opportunity missed on this one I think
and I don't even think they knew it was there:)

I'm just out there for the consumers and of late I wonder about Mayo and United healthcare and their relationship since Mayo gave them access via United labs to mine their medical records, and they dumped HealthVault again I just look at who's making money selling data and had this alternative suggestion where data did not get sold:)

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