Sunday, November 29, 2015

Who Cares About the FITBIT Data

For John, BLUFDiet and exercise still matters.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Well, this is a shock, "Your Doctor Doesn’t Want to Hear About Your Fitness-Tracker Data".  I would have thought that just from an encouragement point of view the Primary Care Physician would want to hear that his or her patient is now up and about, logging those steps and "active minutes" on their FITBIT or other device.

Not so much, says Reporter Andrew Rosenblum of Technology Review.  In fact, his sub-headline is equally discouraging, "Some patients are bringing troves of fitness-tracker data to their checkups, but the doctor might not find it all that helpful."

Here is the lede plus one:

You may think your smart watch or activity tracker can help you keep tabs on your health, but don’t be shocked if your doctor is more skeptical.

Wearable producers such as Apple, Fitbit, and Pebble will ship more than 76 million of the devices by the end of the year, according to market research firm IDC. Some doctors and researchers, however, remain unimpressed, They question the value of the particular metrics tracked, as well as the validity of the deluge of data these gadgets produce.

And after buying my wife a FITBIT.  Oh well!

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

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