The Quantified Dan

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 12.05.02 PMFor months now I’ve wanted to have one of those wearable health devices that measures activity and sleep. There are a few different options out there on the market: Fitbit, Jawbone Up, etc. I don’t know why, but I didn’t rush out to buy one. Truth is, I’m rarely the first person to jump on  a new trend. But I do get there eventually. (Of course, according to this article from c|net, the fitness band may already be a thing of the past!)

My wife knew of my interest in wearable health technology and bought me a Jawbone Up24 for Father’s Day. It was the perfect gift. Now I’m having fun learning how to work the thing, using the iPhone app. And of course, I’m going to share what I learn with all of you.

Here’s how Jawbone talks about its UP24:

“More than a band. More than an app. An integrated system built around you.

UP helps you understand how you sleep, move and eat so you can make smarter choices. The new app displays movement and sleep details from your UP24 or UP band and delivers insights, celebrates milestones, and challenges you to make each day better. Share accomplishments with friends by teaming up in the UP App.”

So far, the device has confirmed what I suspected: I don’t get a solid block of deep sleep. And I don’t get enough exercise throughout the day. Below are two screenshots reporting my activity.



My hope is that having these measures of my inactivity and lack of sleep will help motivate me to make lifestyle changes. It will be interesting to see. Right now I’m enjoying learning about the device. Here’s a link to an interesting article from The Huffington Post about wearable technology in healthcare. The article points out that wearable technology brings together “three distinctly beneficial trends to the table — connected information, community, and gamification.” That’s pretty powerful and may potentially impact population health management efforts that seek to engage patients in their own health. Let me know what you think.

If you’d like to read more about the “quantified self” trend, here’s a good article from Technorati: The Beginner’s Guide to Quantified Self (Plus, a List of the Best Personal Data Tools Out There).


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