It is clear that wellness, tracking, genomics, mHealth and personal electronic health records (PHRs) are close to converging in a very meaningful way.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 31, 2012
Michael Rucker predicts 2013 will be the year of pHIT (personal health information technology). The world of mHealth and biometric sensors has made major strides since Kashmir Hill described the practice of Quantified Self (also known as self-tracking) as the act of “extreme navel-gazing” in the 2011 Forbes’ article Adventures in Self-Surveillance, aka The Quantified Self, aka Extreme Navel-Gazing. Since Hill’s article the biometric and tracking industry has made major strides and is now converging into a systemic science encompassing elements of genomics, self-tracking, technology, and predictive data analytics.
In reviewing the events of 2012, the biometric industry hit several major milestones. One of the most important was the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of AliveCor, the first heart monitor ever approved for a mobile device. Another important milestone in 2012 was the launch of the Basis watch, the first commercially available consumer product to include constant pulse oximetry with the inclusion of a 3-axis accelerometer, perspiration monitor, and thermal sensor (Peter Ha of Gizmoto quipped what the result would be if the Nike FuelBand were to marry a nurse practitioner). Also important were major advancements in Big Data, highlighted by Vinod Khosla’s declaration at the Rock Health Innovation Summit that advancement in data computation would soon mean that the predictive power of computer algorithms would outpace the prescriptive aptitude of human physicians.
“I have been fortunate to get to speak with numerous thought leaders in biometrics and self-tracking throughout the year, as well as the user community at this year’s Quantified Self conference,” said Michael Rucker, creator of EnhancedKinetics.com. “It is clear that wellness, tracking, genomics, mHealth and personal electronic health records (PHRs) are close to converging in a very meaningful way.”
“I believe personal health information technology, or pHIT, will quickly become a disruptive factor in the way individuals view wellness. Based on what I have seen and heard I believe as this convergence takes place it will empower people with unprecedented insight into the way their body works. It will allow them to make correlations about the outcomes of their choices and behavior never before possible. It will enable them to create a personalized roadmap based on their individual data (opposed to population data) to improve their well-being. One that is individualized based on the biomarkers and, as important, the personal preferences and motivations of the individual.”
Enhanced Kinetics is a wellness website focused on mHealth and Personal Health Information Technology maintained by Michael Rucker who is a blogger with a passion for health and wellness, biometrics, technology, and self-tracking.