Proactive vs Reactive Wellness?
This is a very interesting topic, and one that I am particularly interested because it allows us to get to proactive form of wellness management instead of reactive. Not enough about wellness and health care (USA perspective) speaks into proactive wellness. This piece helps that side of the discussion forward nicely.
I should probably find a way to write about this on a more deeper level, but as I talked about when I wrote about the Oura Ring, learning about the ones’ data points on a micro level is a very challenging endeavor. For example, it took me a little over a year of tracking my heart rate during exercise (Polar H7 heart rate monitor and a few of their compatible wearables) to realize that heart rate was an indicator of an on on-coming sickness. This isn’t news to those near/in the medical profession, but that wellness devices (Polar, FitBit, Oura, etc.) access this data and don’t easily make it clear to pay attention to these datapoints is a bit disheartening.
That said, now that I have devices such as an Apple Watch and a ring that can monitor aspects of wellness, it would be excellent if health professionals could teach consumers who use these devices and services how to get into health approximations, which improve the conversations we have with health professionals, but don’t deny the specifically of their knowledgebase. Such would be elevating the health/wellness field, and might make for certain types of monitoring less a minefield for future of work/surveillance/wellness conversations and more of a building block.