The race to the wearables, which can track steps, food, heart rate, blood pressure, sleep, glucose, even heart arrhythmias, is front and center at the intersection of health and data. For those of us who are data-driven, it gives us at-the-moment motivation to do better, go farther, eat healthier or sleep better (this last one is a bit harder, I admit). For us data junkies, it provides the opportunity to graph, share and compete against others (not me) or against our selves (oh yes!) to achieve better health on a daily basis.
But what wearables also do is teach the person the first steps to value in health. By putting data on our selves that can be accessed throughout the day, we receive ready enforcement for all the good that we can perform. The next step is to take what we learn and build competency in purchasing goods and services for our health. In other words, we become our own advocates for demanding better health care, including price, experience, outcomes and transparency. We need to purchase outcomes, whether they are self-motivated (wearable) or cash/insurance transactions. (more…)