Right now, if you’re tracking your weight, diet, and number of steps taken per day, the odds are good that you use multiple tools to do so — and that the data you collect wind up in some very different places. If you add in any more information, like emotional state or blood pressure, the complexity of dealing with that information multiplies.
But those numbers are really only meaningful when looked at together. Even as we track information like weight and diet separately, we all know that the two are closely tied. So why don’t our tools show us the connections between the different types of information we’re collecting each day? Why aren’t tools focusing on making our data easier to interpret in the aggregate?
Centralized Data Tools Are Coming
In fact, we’re probably going to start seeing new apps that do just that, perhaps along with some hardware to make matters even more manageable. The first big convergence you can expect in your health data is the availability of platforms that can pull in data from more than one source. We’re already seeing hints of such a platform from Apple; leaked screenshots of an app titled “Healthbook” make it clear that Apple expects to be able to access a wide variety of users’ health data, either from existing sensors we may already use or from upcoming Apple … Read MoreRead More