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Anticipatory Healthcare: Predict and Prevent


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Getting some good data analytics 

The author of the article seems to think that having more data will make us behave better.

Part of the Predict-and-Prevent model relies around using major lifestyle or behavioral changes in patients to avoid sickness wherever possible. But in order to do that, a patient needs to be convinced of the necessity of change. Today’s doctors all to often look you over, run some basic tests, and give you the same advice: “Eat better; exercise more often.”

Anticipatory doctors, however, will use a combination of technology and detective work to properly inform their patients and present them with irrefutable evidence changes in behavior or lifestyle need to be made. Technology that makes the invisible visible with ease is becoming increasingly available — and when you’re staring at an image of plaque forming around your arteries, it’ll be pretty difficult not to want to eat better and increase your daily exercise, maybe you would make yourself a salad instead of that cheeseburger you were thinking of.

It's true to a point. We have to know how to make sense of the data. If it's distilled and delivered the right way it becomes useful as a guide to nudge us into making decisions.  My Fitbit data helps me to walk more (when I care enough to look at it).  

So... What will it take to get you to care about it more?

Good question. On days when I'm active I like to see my progress. But on days when I'm head down and just working away I don't bother.  But no matter what when I am in a competition I can't stop looking at it. 

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