Earlier in May we spoke about using mobile apps and digital devices as a way to find bargains without clipping coupons. Today let’s talk about leveraging these digital devices, (your laptop or smartphone), as a way to monitor and improve your health.
While we’re on the topic of digital devices, have you ever heard of “wearables”? These are devices that you can wear on your body that can monitor your heart-rate, calories burned, walking/running distance and the amount of steps taken throughout the day. These devices are small, unobtrusive and will sync with your smartphone utilizing an app that will keep track of your daily physical activity and allow you to compare your progress over time. For the latest information on wearable technology and trends, check out http://www.wearables.com/.
If exercise and monitoring your vital statistics on a daily basis is not your thing, there are other benefits digital technology can provide to help you improve and monitor your health. For example, your Healthcare Provider may offer you access to your digital medical chart online. Vital statistics from your most recent and previous visits are stored and can be compared. Simply log-in to see how your blood pressure, heart rate, weight and blood test data are trending. Many Healthcare Systems offer mobile apps for your smartphone that allow you to access your health information, typically referred to as “mHealth apps”. Having access to this information can help you to ask intelligent questions during office visits with your physician or during visits with other healthcare providers who may not have immediate access to your medical records. This information offers you the ability to act in partnership with your Healthcare Provider towards the goal of improving or maintaining your health.
Be choosy over which mHealth app you select. Here are some interesting statistics:
- The number of mobile health apps has soared in the past 2 years, with more than 165,000 mHealth apps now available in the Apple iTunes and Android app stores
- Nearly a quarter of consumer health apps are focused on disease treatment and management, whereas the rest target fitness and wellness
- 10% of mHealth apps can connect to a device or sensor that provides physical function data
- Currently, however, consumers are interested in relatively few of them
Just 12% of mHealth apps account for 90% of consumer downloads! It’s obvious that not all of the apps and their designers have figured this out, so be sure to select the product or app that fits your lifestyle and needs. Just the same, these apps and devices utilize incredible technology and they’re fun to shop for!
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