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batye
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1/1/2016 | 11:32:45 PM
Re: Wearables
@Gary_EL, interesting point... I could not agree more....
Gary_EL
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1/1/2016 | 12:36:57 PM
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@SunitaTO
Remember "accuracy vs precision" from college chemistry? In this case, precision is more important than accuracy. Who cares what the actual count is, as long as the same trek gives you the same number each day. That way, you'll know if you did as much work each day, or if you did more. The actual number is less important than is a gauge on your day-to-day effort. It's that lack of accuracy that makes these toys less useful for data gatherers or for prescribing physicians.

 
Gary_EL
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1/1/2016 | 12:27:50 PM
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@Stratustician
It's true, doctors can get a whole day, week, or month of data. But they might not be able to act on it, because so far, I don't believe that any of the devices are certified by the sanctioning bodies that certify medical equipment.
batye
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1/1/2016 | 3:24:15 AM
Re: Health care is important
@SunitaT0, I think with new technology we gonna see it soon
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12/31/2015 | 9:34:38 AM
Re: Healthcare in the Developing world
tzubair, it's interesting to bring up the discrepancy in the developing and developed world, where one of the bigger trends in developed world healthcare (from an analog standpoint) is that of health tourism --- rich Westerners traveling to exotic locations (many of them in the developing world) for cheap healthcare at BETTER facilities with Western-trained physicians. So perhaps the key is helping people in the developing world be able to afford the high-end healtjhcare that's already in their midst.
tzubair
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12/30/2015 | 10:42:01 PM
Healthcare in the Developing world
The world faces a huge health-gap when it comes to availability of healthcare on geographic levels. The developed world has far better opportunities than the developing world and this is a serious concern. The aim of technological development in this area should be to bridge this gap and use technology to connect the patients in the developing countries to healthcare facilities in the developed world. There should be apps which can monitor the patient's data and maintain a record and also allow him/her to connect to a physician via the app and seek help.
tzubair
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12/30/2015 | 10:38:07 PM
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"I think the bigger opportunity is really using it as a way to better monitor patients without having them hooked up to machines"

@stratustician: You're right. And that's one area where a lot of innovation is already taking place. A large number of companies are investing into health innovation and the ability to use smart devices to monitor the patients remotely is a very hot area. We should expect a lot more apps/gadgets coming under this domain in the near future.
SunitaT0
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12/30/2015 | 9:54:43 PM
Re: Health care is important
@Batye: Indeed. I am waiting for the day when I would be a patient and I will be given a high tech gadget to wear.
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12/30/2015 | 9:52:51 PM
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@Gary: I think the pedometer in most of these devices do you no good. When I got one I was like "My daily step count should be 5000. " That's an equivalent to 5 kilometers of walking!!! So I started walking home from work and 5 kilometres later (checked on Gmaps) I was still at 4200 steps. And when 5000 steps was completed I was thrilled. I said to myself "my daily workout is done". But later did I realize I didn't even reach home (I usually walk from work) so I was bummed out after I realized even without the wearable I walked more than 5000 steps and did not celebrate. People get so excited after reaching these milestones that they forget maybe they were working out more than the device is letting them.
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12/30/2015 | 9:47:16 PM
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@Stratustician: That was the whole idea behind wearable tech from 2013. But that drastically changed with all these fit gears being developed. I think there needs to be a more focussed approach to healthcare wearable tech rather than strapping a FitBit equivalent on the wrist of every average patient. This is needed because not every FitBit equivalent can give anymore data than a doctor may check. Obviously it won't display the bowel movement percentage. But rather it can calculate the water intake and water retention in a day for a patient.
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