Unlocking Our Personal Health Through Smart(er) Wearables
I'm a big fan of my Apple Watch, which I find highly motivating in keeping me on track with daily exercise, so it was very cool to interview two scientists at UMass Amherst who are developing the next generation of wearable health monitors. I learned from them that (gasp!) the smart watches we all rely on today are not terribly accurate reporters of health data. These researchers are working to make smarter, more accurate, and more versatile devices that address the shortcomings of today's models. I was inspired by their vision of how these monitors could enable more personalized, patient-centric, and proactive health care. They also raised some interesting ethical question around the collection of large volumes of health data.