Las Vegas, NV– Watches, bracelets, necklaces, pins, t-shirts, rings, even socks were on display en masse at CES Digital Health Summit 2015.
It looked more like Macy’s than a technology conference.
Except that each piece of this bling and fashion could monitor some variation of pulse rate, blood oxygen level, body composition, steps, calories, sleep quality, activity, and run times. All of them chimed or beeped the greater promise of sharing the endless streams of data straight to their doctor’s office, so the doctor could…could…could–ah, there’s the rub.
While we shake our heads and blame everything from privacy issues to the philistine physician for the lack of seamless connectivity from my sporty new Swarovski bejeweled tracker to my EHR, the real disconnect has more to do with what we’re tracking.
Your healthcare professional applauds the fact that you’re averaging 10,000 steps a day and sleeping like a baby (though I also saw a few innovations designed to help your baby sleep like a baby,) and your HCP wants nothing more than to gather longitudinal, real-world data from you, but that data needs to be of a different sort. As more than a few physicians and chief medical officers voiced from the stage, they want hospital-accurate blood pressure readings, glucose levels, tissue fluid amounts, spirometer results, or what they called “relevant and actionable data”.
While the show hall was screaming with wearables, the doctors were screaming for more patches (mc10inc.com), more ingestibles (proteus.com), and more wireless devices (qualcommlife.com). They want data that is precise, secure (even from patient error and manipulation), and truly assists them in assessing functional progress of their patients.
So, unless you’re sporting a Masimo Pronto-7 hemoglobin tracker (masimo.com) along with your slick Withings Activite Pop watch, take everything off for your annual physical.