Weekly MaxWellness - 6/13
The absolute latest in wellness, from #wearables to #mhealth.
What you need to know this week in the world of wellness, compiled by our in-house mobile wellness geek extraordinaire, Taylor Pechacek. If you want this automatically delivered to your email address once a week, go ahead and subscribe here.
- Today there are an overwhelming number of trending wearables, but not all of them are capable of measuring or telling us something about our health. Similarly, there are plenty of biosensors that measure physiological inputs but do not have a wearable form factor. That’s why biosensing wearables are exciting: they allow for continuous physiological monitoring in a wide range of wearable form factors.
- It's the last mile in the race to fix health care—getting patients more involved. Hospitals, doctors and public-health officials are pushing patients to keep track of their medical data, seek preventive care and stay on top of chronic conditions. They're measuring how motivated patients are to manage their own health and adopting a wide range of strategies to help them do better, a concept known as patient engagement.
- Google is planning to launch a new health service called Google Fit to collect and aggregate data from popular fitness trackers and health-related apps, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the company’s plans. It will launch the service at the Google I/O conference for developers, being held on June 25 and 26.
- Taking the doctor visit to the home reduces healthcare costs in a number of ways — it allows doctors to use their time more efficiently and see more patients, reduces waiting room congestion, and often allows doctors to bill less for a visit. The technology can also enable people who might be homebound for various reasons to have faster, more reliable access to care.
- The company’s flagship product SmartStop, which has been in development since 2004 and has been funded so far by a combination of NIH grants and the founders’ personal income, is a wearable device that would smartly deliver nicotine to the wearer at strategic times.
- Pour a drink into the cup and lift it up, and the cup's exterior will display the name of the beverage and relevant nutritional info. Pour a glass of juice into Vessyl, for example, and the cup will show you the calorie count and sugar content of the drink. An accompanying mobile app can display your stats as well as contextual information, such as whether you are close to meeting your protein goal or your caffeine intake.