Tracking Beats for Your Health

According to an article published by Forbes, 37 percent of Americans, both over and under the age of 65, use wearable devices to track fitness or vitals, such as blood pressure or heart rate.   

In a recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, informaticians used a mixed-method approach to develop a deeper understanding of Fitbit user longevity to guide future development of activity trackers used for improving health.

What did they discover? Two stages were revealed: The novelty stage, where users discontinued use after three months, and the long-term use stage, when users continued use after three months. Both stages indicate important understandings to inform future development of wearable health-monitoring technologies that support improving one’s health over the long-term.

Why informatics? So, we can better utilize wearable devices to help people self-manage their health.