Week 3 & 4 Reflections – Juste Impolyte

We live in a time of technology, where many of us are using mobile apps and wearable technologies to track our bodies, diets, even our moods, and so many other aspects of our lives. Some people may argue that this type of technology is ruining us, that people who spend hours on their phones are not living the life the way it was meant to be lived. Others argue that health related technology is actually bettering our lives, and adds to our self-knowledge. Gary Wolf is one individual who believes in self-discovery, self-awareness and self-knowledge through these health apps. He explains why through the TEDtalk found below:

No wonder he, and so many others, believe health related apps are the way to go. There are literally hundreds of thousands of them out there on the app store. There is bound to be one health app that fits to your liking. After all, there are 165,000 apps in the healthcare category alone, according to the 40 mHealth statistics to blow your mind article. The article also stated that 93% of physicians believe that mobile health apps can improve patient’s health. With such wide availability and support, it’s easy to see why these health related technologies are becoming a mainstream part of our society.

Mobile apps aren’t the only form of healthcare technology out there. Many of us can name a few apps and/or wearable technologies that offer to better our health. But have you ever heard of a desk that can do that? I didn’t think so. But now there actually is a smart desk that encourages you to stand up and do squats. As seen on The Mary Sue, The Stir Kinetic Desk F1 is real and it’s on the market!
Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 3.17.14 PMSomething that probably wasn’t even thought about 20 years ago has now become a part of our reality. It’s interesting to see how health technology is changing. From apps, to wearable technologies, to now smart desks, healthcare technology continues to move forward.

Technology is here to help humans. It is paving the way to achieving a better understanding of our health. Individuals have access to tracking technology that allows us to better understand our bodies, our eating habits, our exercise routines, and so many aspects of our daily lives. This technology is always advancing and will continue to do so. As explained in the video The Future of Health Care Technologythe future looks promising for this field.

Change, innovation and the promise of a better tomorrow is on our horizon.


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