Do I Need Technology to Track My Health?
Today’s Guest Post comes from TheJFit.
With the continuous release of various consumer technologies that promise to assist the public in receiving real-time information about their health, many are pondering whether it is necessary to invest in devices such as these. The widening acceptance of digital health is due to an increasing number of health conscious individuals. Based on a longitudinal study released by the US Department of Health and Human Services, people are more health conscious now because many technologies offer convenient, cost-effective, and fast results regarding their well-being. The same study also noted that the rise in the ownership of mobile devices, particularly smartphones, has influenced the next generation to adopt digital health tools.
Mobile health tracking
In particular, mobile devices have offered a more convenient way of tracking and managing our health. Smartphones today are now built with their health applications that present users with their tracked calorie intake; calories burned, speed, distance and other recordable achievements. An obvious example of this is the S Health application that is featured on the latest Samsung handsets including the Galaxy S6. Apple also built their new iPhones with the propriety Health Kit app, which can also be accessed via Apple Watches.
If paired with wearables, smartphones can be more powerful in monitoring the health of the users. New smartwatches and fitness bands are made with various sensors, including heart rate and stress level sensors. Based on a list presented by O2, the top wearables on the market presently are the Moto 360, Sony SmartWatch 3, Sony SmartBand Talk, Microsoft Band, and the FitBit Charge HR. Although the Apple Watch was not featured on the list, it is one of the most popular smartwatches today, along with Samsung’s first standalone watch – the Gear S.
As well as smartphones and wearables, there are also a myriad of health applications available for you to install on your iOS and Android smartphones. Here are some of our suggestions:
1. Adidas MiCoach: http://micoach.adidas.com/
2. Hot5 Fitness: http://www.hot5.co/
3. Nike+ Running: http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/running/nikeplus/gps-app
4. Pact: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id456068701
5. LostIt: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id297368629
Read Fitness motivator Jennifer Cohen’s other suggested health applications for your mobile devices in her Forbes article that she wrote earlier this year.
Future of mHealth
With the expected rise in the adoption of wearables, it is forecasted that more high-tech devices will be produced and released in the near future. In fact, rumors are circulating that many tech giants are working on new wearables that could potentially assist those with special medical needs.
In July of last year, Google announced their partnership with pharmaceutical company Novartis in creating the first smart contact lens, which is able to track blood sugar levels of its user as well as being able to assist the visually impaired. It is expected that the prototype device will be available early this year, but the search giant has yet to clarify a release date. Click here to read more information about Google’s smart contact lens.
Apart from consumer-owned devices, experts predict that hospitals and health personnel are likely to rely on these technologies more in the future. They will assist patients who are working remotely away from each other and nurses will be able to connect with their patients when immediate emergency assistance is needed. But soon, with the help of hologram technology, many see this futuristic tech as a way of more clearly aiding patients while at home.
So, do you need to invest in technology to track your health?
The answer is a resounding – YES! Because we are living in a fast-paced world where everything can be conveniently undertaken by utilizing a smartphone, it’s the most convenient way to make sure you stay healthy. However, you must make sure the health monitoring tools you purchase are tailored for your specific needs.