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  •  I would want one if (3+ / 0-)
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    Horsefeathers, whaddaya, Chi

    the results were for my personal use and I could choose whether or not to share with my physician.  My concern would be that this could be a five pound ball and chain anyone with a chronic condition would have to drag around everywhere to demonstrate "compliance."  

    Democrats give you the Bill of Rights; Republicans sell you a bill of goods!

    by barbwires on Sat May 18, 2013 at 10:42:09 AM PDT

    •  Well, as they're describing it, (1+ / 0-)
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      You'd use it on a completely self-contained basis - no one else would have access to the information it would gather unless you actively chose to share it.  As for the five pound problem, that's the upper limit - from what I gather most of the teams are looking at something the size and weight of a smart phone.

      Compliance is another question. If used punitively by insurance companies to deny benefits, that's obviously an issue. But studies like this one have shown (pdf) lowered costs and improved outcomes for a select group of elderly patients with a particular set of chronic health problems, when equipped with equipment that allowed remote monitoring of their vital signs and symptoms on a regular basis. Something like the medical tricorder would be a step beyond the systems described in the paper.

      The idea is empowerment - you can a much better handle on your health when you need it. You don't have to wait to make an appointment to see a doctor, or wait until something is bad enough to have to go to an emergency room.

      "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

      by xaxnar on Sat May 18, 2013 at 12:35:47 PM PDT

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