In the constantly evolving digital world in which we live, technology is paving the way for many new things. What were once visions of sci-fi movies and TV shows are new realities.
From the handheld gadgets that were the technological mainstays in shows like Star Trek to the 3D printing devices that created food out of thin air, it’s all starting to become commonplace.
One of the most popular digital health innovations of the 21st century are wearables. Recent statistics on wearables find that nearly 1 billion users will be touting them over the next two years, and as many as 44% of wearable users use them in some sort of fitness and or personal training capacity.
There’s no doubt about it, the health and fitness apps that power these devices and their corresponding smartphone handsets are the next generation of this technology. How might these types of health and fitness apps change the world in the years to come?
Connectivity and Engagement
Health apps and fitness apps offer something that used to have to be penned into a piece of paper on a clipboard and then manually entered into a system: your biodata. It’s this critical biodata that measures your caloric intake (and burn), your vital signs, your accomplishments and areas of progress, and the overall measurements of your health.
This critical biodata is now connected, which means that with the right tools like Modo Bio, your health and fitness professionals have more oversight and a clearer view into you, your body and your lifestyle.
Facetime and Virtual Beside Manner
Your body mass index (BMI) is another important health baseline to know. This is checked by dividing your weight in pounds (lbs) by height in inches (in) squared and multiplying by a conversion factor of 703.
(Weight/height2) x 703 = BMI, or you can use an online BMI calculator. It is supposed to tell us if we’re underweight, normal, or overweight/obese. However, it doesn’t differentiate between muscle weight and fat.
This is where you would want to add your body fat percentage and lean muscle mass weight to monitor with your BMI.
Compliance and Follow-ups
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, patience compliance is not only the costliest part of treatment, but also the primary reason (up to 50% of the time) why various treatment regimens fail. With the right apps connecting doctors to patients, compliance rates can increase.
One of the key reasons is because apps can remind patients to take medicine and can track the dosage and timing, helping improve compliance rates, and therefore success rates of various treatments, exponentially.