Devices & Gadgets,Health & Fitness,Mental Wellbeing

What Medical Tracking Means for You

28 Aug , 2013  

As lifelogging increases in popularity, we’re beginning to see a new type of lifelogger emerge. Back in the 1980s, the main lifeloggers were basically self-video journalists, chronicling their lives and adventures in what can be described more as a video diary.

And while this is still technically considered lifelogging today, with smaller devices of exceptional quality, others have entered the lifelogging field, logging their lives for a completely different reason: Their health.

This type of logging carefully tracks vital statistics related to health and fitness. For instance, someone may want to log their calorie intake, the number of steps they take or the miles they walk, their heart rate, and other crucial data to help them live a healthier, happy, stress-free lifestyle.

For this type of lifelogging, medical tracking may help you to accurately measure these types of statistics. Don’t worry, though; medical tracking isn’t some nefarious government program that seeks to implant computer chips in your arm. Medical tracking in humans can be done voluntarily with a small device that accurately measures a slew of data which gives a direct read out of vital statistics to help you log your life and adjust your day-to-day routine as you see fit.

The Importance of Medical Tracking

Medical tracking isn’t for everyone, of course. It takes a lot of time, effort and dedication to remain constantly aware of your health. But some people–and not only hypochondriacs–are very interested in their health. For this reason, they may want to monitor their body’s temperature, their heart rate, the amount of haemoglobin in the blood, etc. This type of medical tracking doesn’t only come in handy for diabetics and people with other blood and health disorders. It can actually work in your favour if you want to live a healthier lifestyle.

Monitoring your overall health has many benefits. Every year millions of people push themselves too hard in daily life. What you think is your heart skipping a beat due to a heavy workout could actually be a serious arrhythmia that requires immediate medical attention. Many people have ignored these little “hiccups” and have suffered severe consequences, including death.

So it’s important to note that medical tracking isn’t just a niche thing for lifeloggers. It can come in handy for practically anyone. It’s a way to stay better attuned to your body; the technology available today allows you to monitor your health in ways we couldn’t have dreamed of only a few decades ago.

Vital Statistics Measured by Medical Tracking Devices

You can find quite a few medical trackers out there on the market today, but the Scanadu tracker is perhaps the most popular. And most of its competition shares a lot in common with this high-tech little device. Take a look at some of the statistics this medical tracker will log for you.

  • Temperature: The device can measure your body’s temperature and let you know if anything is changing internally
  • Heart Rate: Your heart rate is very important for quite a few reasons, especially if you have a condition or if you want to stay in a certain “zone” for a workout
  • Oximetry: The medical device is able to keep an accurate measure of the amount of haemoglobin in your blood
  • ECG: Usually found only in hospital-style setups, the ECG feature allows you to view statistics on your overall heart health as it pertains to function
  • HRV: This is a measurement of the amount of time between your heartbeats; i.e. it measures whether or not your heart is actually in a consistent rhythm
  • PWTT: This is the Pulse Wave Transmit Time, which measures the amount of time it takes blood to reach different parts of your body after a heartbeat; it is related directly to blood pressure
  • UA: Analyzing your urine can tell you a lot about your blood, your kidneys, and your overall health
  • Stress: The device is capable of measuring vital markers in your body which could point directly to stress

As you can see, medical trackers keep track of your body’s most vital statistics. This type of information can be invaluable if you’re concerned about your health.

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