Lesson 1.4: Examples of Technology


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Welcome to Nudge University! This is Lesson 1.4 - Examples of Technology.

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 has been the power of technology and harnessing the right technology to leverage your skills and optimize your approach to health, fitness and prevention, and to your business.

So health technology can come in many different types. During our last lesson we talked about the different things that can be measured.

They also come in various prices and levels of complexity. All of these are variables involved in choosing which technology you will use.

Moreover, having the right technology for specific patients or clients is important, and what exactly to measure depends of the client's specific needs.

But let's talk about some different types of technology that are out there.

You're definitely not expected to be an expert in every one of these, but just be aware that they're out there, and you can help guide clients or patients to which areas to purchase, or as a professional in your business you can become a reseller of some of these which can help your business financially.

Garmin is one that is a very trusted brand. They continually change. They have a whole range of wearables for probably the whole gamut of clients that you might have.

Fitbit has been around forever it seems, and they have a long list from just a simple wearable to a smartwatch. Very good quality, very good technology, so you can't really go wrong with a Fitbit.

Now one of the newest ones out is the InBody BAND, and this is a technology that takes it to the next level. I really like the InBody BAND because you can check body composition through bioimpedance. This is great as a fitness professional because we're not really as concerned about our weight as we are about what we're actually made of.

Vector Watch is a technology I've been testing out that is more of a fashion watch. More basic than an Apple Watch, but very stylish and can get basic lifestyle information.

Apple Watch is a trend-setter and will continue to be a trend-setter in the health technology wearable market. This is one of my favorites. I think it offers a heck of a lot, more than just health and fitness. So it's going to be for someone who wants more, more than just a health and fitness device for activity monitoring but its a very good device.

Withings is another company that has a wide array of wearable devices. From blood pressure cuffs, to sleep technology, to wireless scales that will send data to the Nudge App, which is nice. I like Withings a lot. They work well with fitness professionals that we know.

Polar has been around for awhile, were a trend-setter in heart rate monitoring. I did research with Polar WAY way back in the '90s and they had wonderful technology. One of the good things about Polar is they are waterproof, which if we have swimmers then that's a good one for them.

Under Armour is trying to make an impact in the wearable device market. They have a fitness system where its a scale, a monitor and a band.

Samsung, has an array of devices, and again its personal preference. The technology is basically the same in a lot of these.

Misfit has teamed up with Swarovski, to make designer types of wearables. And so this you may not work out in, but you can get daily activities from clients who might be more willing to wear something.

Life Beam is a company that's working with helmets and hats to help monitor behaviors and movement, heart rate and so on.

Omron is a top technology in wireless blood pressure cuffs. They are working on getting approval for this one on the wrist. They're pretty close, and by the time you watch this they may already have received approval. That's a great one because it will send data to an app and get be used very powerfully by a health professional.

Pryme Vessyl you may have seen these. A water bottle that will track the amount of water that you drink and send it to an app. And this will help trigger better hydration. I mean, we get busy, our patients and clients forget to drink water so its a good thing.

Athos and Hexo Skin, they've been around a long time but they haven't successfully brought their wearables to a high level. I've tried to get these to test, but its very difficult. So I can't say that I've tested these as I have with other wearables, but they can measure movement, balance of muscle mass, and balance of movement in an actual resistance training exercise for example.

ResMed is a trend-setter when it comes to sleep monitoring and sleep health, providing feedback to the client about the quality of their sleep. This is one of the areas that has so significant an impact in the positive or negative results with lifestyle, exercise, nutrition and so on.

Dash is wireless smart earbud that measures heart rate and more.

Lumo Lift, I've been testing this out, is a posture device. Very small, you put it in your lapel or put it in your blouse and you can set it to give you a little vibrate when you start to lean forward, and it's really helping personally, just anecdotally for my posture, as well as other people I've had tested. So the Lumo Lift is a very simple device but very powerful.

Also Upright lift, also a wonderful device. A little more invasive if you will. You have to put it on the skin. So there might be a little trouble for people actually getting it on their back.

AliveCore Kardia band for EKG is one of those that will probably be approved by the time you listen to this. I see this as a value for more of the medical side in that you basically just put your hands on the band and it will measure an EKG and send it to whomever you have linked to your account.

Now, this goes a little bit beyond what a health coach will be involved with, but I just wanted to show you the technology that is becoming available. I work in a cardiology practice and this AliveCore has cases for smartphones that have electrodes on them that you hold, and that information is sent to the cardiologist. It's very accurate information and it's wonderful.

So what should your clients or patients measure?

Again, it depends on a number of variables that as we move through here we will be discussing. But keep in mind... 

  • what do you want to measure
  • how much are they [your client] willing to spend
  • what value is that [data] going to have to you
  • and how are you going to gather that information to make it usable

So in summary...

  • there's various prices, complexities and costs for wearables
  • make selections based on what is to be measured
  • examples include Withinga, InBody, Fitbit, AliveCore, etc.

there are a number of these, don't think you have to be an expert in all of them. Just be aware of them and know that these can be powerful tools that you can leverage to better perform your craft and work with people.

Thanks again for joining me today, I'm Dr. Steve, good luck.

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