Soon, we could all have near-live digital representations of our bodies in the data, tracking, measuring and monitoring our movements, activities, and our key health indicators of health, fitness and wellness.
It is already happening.
My smart ring measures body temperature, heart rate, movement and sleep. My smartwatch monitors activity, exercises, blood pressure and blood oxygen. My phone knows how many steps I’ve taken, and if changes in my pace indicate possible Parkinson’s disease. A small home spectrophotometer can tell you how your blood sugar or cholesterol levels interact with different diets. Soon my shoes will know why my Achilles tendon hurts, what is effective in my step, how far I jump, and whether walking, running, or jumping seriously favors one side of my body.
Plantega CEO, Quinn Sandler told me recently at TechFirst Podcast.
“I think the idea of comparing one human being to another is a very old way of looking at everything. I think what’s going to happen here and where we feel we’re going is really building the infrastructure to monitor the complexity of how a human is moving, and based on their goals, developing insights and recommendations and interventions – with a human being Possible. The loop – for really better results. Whether, again, this is performance, or recovery, or injury prevention.”
Chinese AI Passed successfully The country’s national medical licensing exam five years ago, and else In the nation of 1.4 billion people and only 3.8 million physicians, doctors are already subsidizing to deliver health care faster and cheaper.
This does not mean that you or I want to see a virtual AI doctor at our next visit: it’s still early days. This means that technology will have a greater impact in monitoring and delivering healthcare in the future.
And let’s be honest: it’s badly needed.
One thing is clear, there are many devices that collect data from our bodies. Plantega offers a smart insole that fits in your shoes and measures 150 different standards, says Sandler, on how to walk, jump, turn, twist and more. Plantega, who developed an AI “digital movement coach” named Norman after the father of the deceased CEO (who was also one of the company’s founders), got her start in the world of high-performance athletes.
1 user: Olympic gold medalist Andre de Grasse, Olympic 200m champion and 4x100m gold medalist at the 2022 World Championships.
But data about your performance is more than just data about the Olympics. It is also for the elderly.
“Our ultimate goal is to harness the power of human motion analysis to achieve better results,” Sandler says. “Whether it’s to prevent falls in someone my mom’s age, someone dealing with a neurodegenerative disease like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, or an athlete recovering from an ACL or a hip injury. The way we move tells us a lot about our health.”
And this health is getting more and more difficult.
Whether it’s skyrocketing costs in the United States or overwhelmed national medical systems in Canada or the United Kingdom, getting care for the people who need it is getting harder and harder.
There is a role for technology here, if we design it well.
I recently came with Covid after a return flight from Mexico. I called the BC Health Line and was able to tell them my respiratory rate and how it had changed from normal, my body temperature, my heart rate, and other data that helped the triage nurse confirm that yes, it was covid, no, it wasn’t too serious, and yes, I can stay home safely and be healthy.
In a world where nearly 25% of Americans are Skip Medicare Because they can’t afford it and half the world’s population He does not have access To basic health services, how else are we going to provide at least some level of care? Doctors certainly can’t do it alone: we don’t have enough of them to start, and our doctors do too literally soaked By the volume of current health data for patients already.
What we have now is a wealth of data from a small portion of the people who wear devices that measure and monitor health indicators. What we don’t yet have is a way we can easily share this data in a secure, privacy-compliant way, or a way to expand the range of people who are able to purchase the devices.
That may come.
Some believe that we will have digital twins of the human body by the end of the decade. Scientists Building Conceptual models, and the wealth of data we collect every day, can be visualized from filling out those models.
The challenge, of course, is solving privacy issues, access issues, and people’s basic willingness to share. But our inability to provide affordable health care to billions of people on this planet is likely to be a major driver of this.
Of course, Sandler and Plantega simply focus on one aspect: movement.
“I feel like we’re building and where we want to go in the next five years is the backbone of this world around the biomechanics and movement lens, which really appeals to the quarter of the population that deals with musculoskeletal issues,” he says. “That’s where we go, this is almost like an operating system for movement health that can be embedded in shoes. We can monetize that data. We can build predictive analytics around outcomes with different diseases like Parkinson’s disease and progression and regression. It’s the dataset and what we can do with that.” I think, in the next four to five years, that gets really exciting.”
Data monetization looks ominous, although I’m sure it can be done with permission and with respect for privacy.
But getting all the data from our devices about our bodies and our health, and using it safely and securely to deliver better, faster and cheaper healthcare outcomes: that’s an interesting goal.