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Wearable Health Tech: Many Promises, Few Facts
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asksqn
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asksqn,
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3/1/2014 | 6:09:17 PM
Just another pricey gadget that can be hacked
These devices have zero appeal to me mostly because of the glaring deficiencies pointed out by the writer.  Further, with a little effort/tech sophistication, the device can probably be bypassed to reflect whatever result the wearer desires up to and including collecting a payday from employers with health programs that include said devices whose knowledge of tech ranges from very little to zero.
WKash
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2/27/2014 | 9:14:53 PM
Re: Using vs. using effectively
At my last company, employees could earn something like up to $500 off their annual health insurance payments if they hit a number of health milestones, including loading in their daily walking data. Good health usually comes down to making smart choices and building them into habits.  Wearables have the promise of supporting that.

 
scuser1985
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2/27/2014 | 1:09:56 PM
Wearable Tech & Health
In light of National Nutrition Month, there's a survey being done right now (http://nutritionandwearabletech.questionpro.com) that handles the current trends of wearable tech and its relation to health and fitness. Pretty amazing that $330m was spent just on digital devices alone - makes you wonder how much the market will grow over the next few years, and what sort of technological advances we'll see!
Lorna Garey
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2/27/2014 | 10:43:34 AM
Re: Using vs. using effectively
A friend just gave me a Striiv device, which lets us collaborate online. Charging it up now.  I'm kind of afraid to see how few steps I take in a day, and do expect it will prompt me to walk more. Awareness of a bad habit is half the battle.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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2/27/2014 | 9:42:55 AM
Using vs. using effectively
As with most technologies, with wearables there is likely to be a huge difference in experience between those organizations that are serious about using the technology to drive health outcomes versus those who buy (or prescribe) the gadget, expecting the technology alone to make a difference. 


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