In the middle of October, I had a chance to go to New York City for the first annual WIRED Health Conference: Living By Numbers. (We all live by numbers, after all; 15 minutes could save you 15 percent on car insurance, you know.) Over the last few years, wellness has become an area of great innovation, from the way medicine is practiced to how records are kept, and beyond. So WIRED felt it was time for a collective check-up.
Over the two-day conference, industry leaders from business, medicine, and technology met for thought-provoking conversations with WIRED’s editors. However, being that the focus was health, it wasn’t just our minds that got a workout. The organizers had put together a guide on easy exercises and stretches we could do from our chairs. Twenty lucky attendees also got a chance to run through Central Park with Olympic Gold Medalist Ashton Eaton. (Cue, “Chariots of Fire.”)
Discussions covered everything from data transparency to new developments in monitoring tech. Demonstrating the latter, Dr. Alan Greene held a device to his head, which in a few seconds delivered medical data, like heart rate and temperature, to his iPhone. These types of self-monitoring gadgets enable individuals to track changes in their health based on what’s normal for them, instead of a mass medical average. Talk about having your finger on the pulse of something big…blog comments powered by Disqus