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ResearchKit Is A Game Changer, Just Not The Way You Think

phone-homeAs you no doubt have read by now, Apple announced Monday an open-source medical platform named ResearchKit. The platform, which runs natively on an iOS device, provides medical and scientific institutions the ability to conduct real-world investigations using anyone who wishes to opt-in to the studies. At launch, there were apps from Mount Sinai (for Asthma), University of Rochester (for Parkinson’s Disease), Massachusetts General Hospital (for diabetes), the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Penn Medicine, and Sage Bionetworks (for breast cancer), and Stanford Medicine and the University of Oxford (for cardiovascular disease). You can read more about the platform and what it entails here. Read More…

Sorry Nerds, The Wearables Market is a Bonafide Mess

The KeymasterSo I’ve spent a fair amount of time testing a number of wearables over the past few weeks. Some of this I’ve done for my own edification, some for my own self-improvement, and all of them because I wanted to better understand the market prior to the launch of the Apple Watch. After over a year of using the likes of Google Glass, Microsoft’s Band, the FitBit Surge, and the Fitbit One, I can safely say that the wearables ecosystem is a fragmented and unreliable quagmire of devices.

I don’t doubt the potential of the platform. Juniper research predicts that by 2019, the wearables market will generate almost 53 Billion in revenues. This seems realistic to me. Apple will undoubtedly drive the growth of this category and if the reports are true, Cupertino is expecting big sales when the Apple Watch launches. But let’s face it, by all accounts, the market has yet to mature. Here are the 5 challenges currently facing the wearable marketplace. Read More…

HypeCheck(In): Week 3 – Betrayed by technology


So here’s the thing about wearables. you really have no way of knowing if they’re accurate or not. The only way to really know is to compare them, which let’s face it, how many people out there are going to do that?

I decided to go 2 weeks between reports, only because most of the technology experimentation needs time to breathe, and really, how often do you want to read about my diet. While I’ve been exercising regularly (as indicated by the drop in fat %) I didn’t lose the weight I intended to, and I believe the devices are directly to blame. I’ll explain why in a second.

Week 3 Progress Report
Beginning weight: 223 lbs
After week 3: 220.7 lbs
Net Result: -2.3 lbs (No change)

Beginning BMI: 30%
After week 3: 30%
Net Result: Even (No change)

Beginning Fat Mass: 29.8%
After week 3: 28.5%
Net Result: -1.3%

Overall I didn’t have the greatest 2 weeks eating-wise, but I did manage to stick to my exercise plan and use calorie trackers more than in week one. I made several changes to my set up, because the calorie counting apps are a hit or miss affair and the Microsoft Band proved the enemy of my efforts. I’ll start with the band. Read More…

About that Apple HealthKit hospital rollout….

Reuters has an exclusive report this morning about hospitals rolling out pilot programs using Apple’s HealthKit. If you work in this business no doubt link to it have flown through your Twitter feed all morning. If you read the MacRumors version of the article, it’s obviously all-Apple, but there’s a bunch of interesting things that are being overlooked in the Reuters report.

We shouldn’t be surprised by this. When Apple rolled out the HealthKit announcement, they indicated they were working with many of the EMR providers to begin integrating data collection. Reuters confirms this. Read More…