Your Doctor Does Not Give a Crap About Your Fitness Tracker Data

You may think your smart watch or activity tracker can help you keep tabs on your health, but don’t be shocked if your doctor is more skeptical.

Wearable producers such as Apple, Fitbit, and Pebble will ship more than 76 million of the devices by the end of the year, according to market research firm IDC. Some doctors and researchers, however, remain unimpressed, They question the value of the particular metrics tracked, as well as the validity of the deluge of data these gadgets produce.

Source: Your Doctor Doesn’t Want to Hear About Your Fitness-Tracker Data

The reason doctors have you come in once for an exam and then later for a checkup is so that they can get the numbers they want with the equipment that they want in the time periods and under the conditions they want. Fitness trackers can be useful, but not for much other than, well, tracking your fitness.

I’d been investigating 24×7 heart rate monitoring (HRM) using an optical sensor – the DCRainMaker reviews have been very helpful, now that the reviews are paying more attention to the HRM accuracy.  The FitBit offerings (Charge HR, Surge) were out by 10%.  The Garmin FR225 has much better accuracy, but after four months on the market – it’s being supplanted by the FR235.  The other issue is that the FR235 is using a Garmin optical sensor, while the FR225 uses a Mio licensed sensor…

On a similar note, I recently became aware of the AliveCor.  A nurse said it was the first trace from an iPhone app that was readable (Android supported as well).  But you have to sit really still for the reading…