@StanfordMedx: Boy do we agree: Smartphone-Based Lifelogging is the way forward

Boy… do we agree with this. As we learn more from wearables, we can begin to systematically eliminate them and retreat into the smartphone as the single node. From there…who knows?

Cheers, -DGA

Medicine X Stanford:

Health data in context: how smartphone-based lifelogging applications can unlock value from wearable wireless medical devices

Co-Founder, Misfit Wearables
CEO and President, A.R.O., Inc.
CEO, BodyMedia
cofounder, Spree


We argue that smartphone-based lifelogging apps may hold the key to unlocking clinical value from wearable wireless medical devices. By using ordinary smartphones instead of specialized hardware, we believe that a new generation of lifelogging apps can capture the contextual information necessary to interpret variance in the health data collected by wearable devices.
ABI Research predicts that more than 100 million wearable wireless medical devices will be sold to consumers annually by the year 2016. (Currently available devices include the BodyMedia Fit armband, the Jawbone Up, the Zeo Sleep Monitor, among many others.) While these devices can provide medical professionals with rich new sources of high-quality, longitudinal data on patients, it is currently unclear how data from these devices will be used in a clinical or diagnostic setting.
In order to take full advantage of the veritable tsunami of data that these devices will provide, we believe practioners will need access to new tools that will allow them to:
(1) search large amounts of device data for key indicators,
(2) identify and label important events in the device data automatically,
(3) visualize patterns in device data for easier data analysis and diagnosis, and
(4) correlate trends in device data with other data streams, such as patient histories and/or clinical data.
We believe that a new kind of smartphone application — namely, lifelogging apps — will help healthcare professionals accomplish all four of these tasks.
Following a rich body of work in ubiquitous computing, lifelogging apps seek to record and archive all of the relevant information about a user’s life. By tapping into a wide range of sensors embedded into a smartphone, lifelogging apps passively record everything a user sees and hears — as well as all of the places they visit and activities they engage in — with little to no feedback required from the user.
But that’s not all: many of today’s smartphone apps are also able to capture data from wearable medical devices, as well. While lifelogging has been shown to have benefits for preventative medicine and promoting desired behavior change, we expect that lifelogging apps that can correlate events in a user’s life with physiological cues recorded from wearable devices will have the potential to effect even greater change.

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