Lesson 1.3: What Can Technology Measure


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Welcome to Nudge University! This is Lesson 1.3 - What Can Technology Measure?

I'm Dr. Steve Feyrer-Melk, and I'm the Director of Lifestyle Medicine and a Health Coach at the Optimal Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center.

I'm also the Chief Science Officer for Nudge, and a nationally recognized expert in Lifestyle MedicineBehavior Change, and Health Coaching.

Our theme here has been technology being a very powerful tool. And we can optimize our craft and optimize our approach to health, fitness and prevention if we use and leverage the right technology.

So the first area to explore is, what will technology actually measure? What are the options that we have?

Basically, there are a couple of different categories on each end, but then there's everything in-between. So there are very simple things that can be measured, and there are very complex data sets and so on that can be measured.

So lets get some specific examples...

  • steps
  • flights of stairs
  • distance
  • heart rate
  • intensity
  • caloric expenditure
  • sleep

Those are all very simple types of data that's being collected in normal wearables. Also, as we move further toward the complex, there's...

  • posture
  • sedentary behavior
  • sun exposure
  • body composition (like in the case of the InBody BAND using bioimpedance to give body composition measurements)
  • nutrition
  • muscular activity
  • stress
  • hyration levels
  • blood pressure

All of these can be measured with electronic devices and wearable devices.

  • blood glucose
  • breathing rate
  • EKG
  • heart rate recovery
  • even heart rate variability (which is an important component of health and wellbeing)

So there's a whole range of things that can be measured from the simple to the complex.

So what should you, your patients, your clients measure? Well that's a big question mark because that depends on the outcomes, that depends on each individual client or patient, the finances of the patient, the level of involvement that they have, and so on.

Those areas will be addressed in more detail later on, but you should have a good understanding of the wide range of variables that you can test using technology.

So in summary...

  • data that can be measured can be simple or complex
  • steps, flights of stairs, heart rate, intensity of movement, hydration
  • caloric expenditure, posture, heart rate variability
  • stress, body composition, nutrition

A whole number of these can be measured, and they can help you help your clients and your patients.

Thanks so much for listening to [reading] Nudge University 1.3 - What Can Technology Measure, I'm Dr. Steve, good luck.

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