Why does our healthcare system fail to create wellness?
Tony Little

I have no problem with concentrating on wellness. As an emergency doctor who sees a lot of obesity, smoking, and addiction-related diseases, that would be fantastic.

However, you seem to be proposing monitoring people’s health with not only “digital pedometer and more advanced wearables[,]” but “…smart alarm clocks [that] could track sleep and ways to track your eating habits….”

I’m sure some people would enjoy seeing their own data, but I would consider it a severe invasion of my privacy. Big Brother is not only watching me, but monitoring my heart rate, sleep, etc.

I’m not sure what kind of medicine you practice, but lots of family doctors have surveys that cover sleep and exercise. These are voluntary questions. No need to measure people every minute of every day.

And as Debi pointed out, once you had that data, what would you do with it? Recommend a nutritionist, which, rightly or wrongly, you could have done after a simple BMI check?

I also agree with her that your system will probably go through for what one of my medical school preceptors called “the worried well,” the one percent who have the time and money to groom their own health endlessly, while the rest of the population must work harder and faster, and often for less pay.

In short, we agree on wellness, and I believe people can have that data collected if they want, but as you said yourself, beware of which corporation will have access to it, because the risks can outweigh the benefits.