This month Google and Apple are in the midst of announcing new technology in the healthcare tracking industry, but "Will you USE it?"
Claim: Google Fit aims to be a storehouse for data from wearable activity tracking devices such as Fitbits, Jawbone UPs, and Nike FuelBands, and smart phone apps that gather or generate related data.
For more information, here's an InformationWeek article written by Thomas Claburn Google FIT: Another Try At Health Data?
Claim: The new Health app gives you an easy-to-read dashboard of your health and ﬁtness data. And we’ve created a new tool for developers called HealthKit, which allows all the incredible health and ﬁtness apps to work together, and work harder, for you. It just might be the beginning of a health revolution.
For more information, here's a New York Times article written by Aaron E. Carroll The Trouble With Apple's Health App.
Based on my understanding, Google is taking their wearable devices and proposing to help customers compile the health data and store it on the "cloud" which will act as a "parent" or host for all the information collected from their devices and apps. Apple is collecting daily information, including heart rate, blood pressure, calories burned, hours of sleep, etc., creating a new app with various dashboards for the iPhone and providing a medical records platform to share with healthcare doctors and hospitals.
For healthy people who can afford the Google and Apple products and want to share their information, this is great news! However, as Carroll's article points out, will sick people who really need this service be able to use it and, if so, are they willing to share the information? Alternately, are healthcare providers ready to accept the volume of information and liability that goes along with it?
All great questions worth considering. Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas on this subject. Cheers to a fabulously FIT week!