Posted March 2, 2018
School of Public Policy Associate Professor Dr. Kimberly Isett recently spoke at the Wireless Technology Forum event on population health and wearable technology. The talk titled " Improving Population Health with Wearables" sought to address how consumer purchasing of wearable devices from Apple, Samsung, and Fitbit were impacting population health. Other questions that the talk hoped to address included the impact wearable devices had on human behavior and how various players in healthcare were using the data collected from these devices. There was also a focus on the impact public policy could have on wearable devices improving population health.
At the event, Dr. Isett said that that wearable technology can be a support for improved public health, but health behavior change begins and ends with individual motivation. She noted that understanding how wearables can effectively nudge behavior change after the honeymoon period could be key to long term sustainability of use. She argued that public health is difficult in the U.S. because our social and physical structures are designed to work against healthy habits.
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