- June 15, 2011
- Posted by: Brandon Matheson
- Category: Santa Barbara Entrepreneur
Digital health is the latest diet, exercise, get healthy fad. Except it’s not a trend or fad as much as it is an integration. Consider Apple’s new mobile platform aptly called “Health Kit” is the actual operating system of the iPhone. In other words, Apple believes your smartphone will become one of the key tools to your health (and happiness?). This concept makes perfect sense. Tracking our health like this has never been possible. Our smartphones know more about “us” than our therapist, best friend, and mother all rolled into one. Right now the emphasis is on the physicality of our lives – the number of steps we take, the places we go, our heart rates, our every movement and the physical reaction. With this data, we could learn a whole lot more about what optimizes our physical health from when it’s best to work out to measuring our activity levels in certain conditions. At the very least, we’ll be able to visualize our patterns in an easy and meaningful way.
How meaningful depends on what you do with this new found data. Some of us already track our activity with the Nike Fit Bit. Others use apps to monitor certain aspects of our health. The value of the data is in how you leverage it and the relevance and context you develop around the data. That’s where experts come into play. My expectation is that Health Kit and other movements towards digital health will only recharge the authority of experts – people who know exactly what to do with the data.
Mobile Therapy seems like the disconnection of something so very intimate. What it means to SelfEcho and other companies working on technology for the mental health industry is the advent of a capture of deeply profound data. In between therapy visits, life happens. We convey highlights in conversation about an hour a week or sometimes, even less so. In that time, the professional has to uncover layers of depth and extract diagnosis and prescribe care. It’s a tall order for even the most insightful clinicians. What if there was 1000x more data available to the clinician? What if that data was already processed in easy to understand reports and visualizations. What if it was a consolidation of the client experience all packaged neatly in a way a psychologist can interpret and apply?
That is indeed the opportunity of Mobile Therapy and the promise of SelfEcho.
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